CSaP Policy Challenge provides stimulus for development of policy checklist

17 February 2015


CSaP's Policy Challenge on Emergency Behaviours has provided an "important stimulus" for the development of a behavioural science policy checklist.

The Government Office for Science (GO-Science), a key partner in the ESRC-funded Policy Challenge Behavioural insights into emergency planning and response, has used insights from the policy workshops and briefing as the basis on which to build a policy checklist for emergency response planners and managers.

CSaP Policy Fellow, Liz Surkovic (Deputy Director, Science in Government - Global Issues) said “The behavioural sciences provide vital insights into handling the range of hazards and threats Government plans for, from Ebola to flooding. CSaP's Policy Challenge provided important stimulus for the development of a behavioural science checklist, which enables risk holders in Government to incorporate behavioural science advice into their emergency planning.”

To date, GO-Science has trialled the checklist with one topic (space weather) and plans to trial it more widely in 2015 with a range of different risks.

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