Building the world we wish existed

We help movements, foundations, agencies and organizations apply behavioral, cognitive and social science to build better communication strategies for the common good.

Why Public Interest Communications? We are formalizing the study and practice of science-based, strategically planned communication campaigns for the greater good. A public interest communications approach has the main goal of achieving significant and sustained positive behavioral change on issues that transcend the particular interests of any single organization or individual. Read more »

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Some of Our Public Scholarship

Stop Raising Awareness Already


Too many organizations concentrate on raising awareness about an issue without knowing how to translate that awareness into action. Read why in SSIR »

The Back-of-the-Envelope Guide to Communications Strategy℠


This four-question framework, rooted in social science, can help organizations craft an effective strategy that drives real social change. Read more »

The Science of What Makes People Care℠


Effective communication is not simply about getting your message out. It requires you to strategically
tap into what shapes people’s feelings and values. Read our framework in SSIR »

The Science of Story Building℠


Why we need to understand how to build better stories. We look at what research tells us about how brains work to tell stories that are more compelling, memorable and inspiring. More at scienceofstories.org »

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Center partners on videoconferencing report

October 27, 2020

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From Journalist to Advocate to Academic: the new Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications

August 29, 2020

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Center for Public Interest Communications Awarded $100,000 Gates Foundation Grant on Poverty

June 11, 2020

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Center’s Jack Barry Reveals How Lack of Universal Internet Access Puts Millions at Further Risk During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 27, 2020

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The Center for Public Interest Communications, the first of its kind in the nation, is designed to study, test and apply the science of strategic communication for social change. We are based at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.