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September/October 2017

Policy News

OBSSR Director on How to Help Social and Behavioral Research Findings Make their Way into Practice Settings

Behavioral interventions are often complex, resource intensive and extend beyond healthcare settings. Facilitating the adoption of these interventions is now a priority of the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). William T. Riley, director of OBSSR, discussed the challenges and opportunities associated with this priority in a Springer Open blog post, Why fund behavioral intervention research if the interventions found effective are not adopted in practice. This was a recurring question I heard when meeting with various National Institutes of Health (NIH) institute and center directors to seek their input on the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) 2017-21 Strategic Plan ( Their perspective is consistent with what our field has acknowledged and worked to address: Health researchers in general—and behavioral and social sciences researchers specifically—cannot be satisfied with leaving our research findings at the water’s edge and hoping these findings will be adopted into practice.” Read the full blog post at SpringerOpen blog at

U.S. Census Barriers, Attitudes, and Motivators Survey

On September 28, 2017, the Census released a statement:  The U.S. Census Bureau continues to research and plan communications and outreach strategies to maximize response and participation in the 2020 Census. Similar to preparations for the 2010 Census, we will again conduct the Census Barriers, Attitudes, and Motivators Survey (CBAMS) designed to better understand the mindsets related to census participation across demographics subgroups, including the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) population. The question on sexual orientation remains a part of the initial set of proposed survey questions. Given the sample size of the CBAMS, the expected response rate, and the percentage of the U.S. population that is LGB, we would expect the survey to yield a sufficient amount of data upon which to make statistical inferences. See