Neuroscience-Informed Public Policy

Supporting Development of Effective Public Policy

We seek to facilitate more effective and value-based public policies through understanding and applying what is known from neuroscience about people, their needs, and the conditions that are most conducive to individual and community health and growth. The work will be guided by the Good Wolf Four-Part Process.

Leadership Learning Experiences

We communicate neuroscience knowledge by designing and facilitating learning experiences specifically for persons engaged in public policy work, including advocates, judicial personnel, legislators, legislative staff, local officials, and other persons for whom such knowledge could be helpful in efforts to craft neuroscience-informed, effective, and prosocial policies.

Public Policy Working Groups

Our major public policy work will be achieved through an interdisciplinary process (Working Groups) organized and facilitated by Good Wolf staff.

Each Working Group will focus on one important societal issue in urgent need of policy reform such as poverty and homelessness, criminal justice, public education, and media influence.

Each Working Group will be comprised of people whose experience is relevant to the area of focus, including neuroscientists, experts from other fields, front-line workers, persons who have experienced an issue first-hand, advocates and representatives of related organizations, experts in public policy, communications and media, and representatives from the Good Wolf Board of Advisors.

Good Wolf will organize each Working Group and support its work through hosting and facilitating meetings, scheduling and coordinating activities, IT assistance, project documentation, outcomes measurement, and generation of written reports and other communications.

Members of each Working Group will incorporate the Good Wolf Four-Part Process in their work, which will include reviewing and discussing relevant neuroscience, related literature, and associated initiatives. Working Group members and invited guests will share presentations of their knowledge on the topic, working collaboratively to apply findings to development of policy proposals that effectively address each focus issue. Each Working Group may produce reports and articles, presentations at conferences and other live events, public conversations, legislative and judicial briefings, and recommendations to public policy makers.

A major goal will be to identify and apply effective communication strategies for ensuring that the findings of the Working Group are widely disseminated to, understood at an actionable level by, and incorporated into conversations and decisions of the public, officials, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders.