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Our influence

The British Psychological Society works to increase the influence of psychology in society. We work with the UK Parliaments and Assemblies, non-governmental organisations and international bodies to ensure we have an effective voice.

We keep our members informed of the Society’s success in this area on our Psychology in the Political World page.

UK Parliaments and Assemblies

The Society promotes the understanding of psychology and contributes psychological expertise to the decision-making process. We have the evidence-based knowledge and expertise to support policymakers who want to learn more about how psychology can help shape society.


We contribute scientific, evidence-based submissions to external consultations from governments and other organisations on policy and fact-finding initiatives.  We also consult with our members on the development of new guidance, policy, reports, briefing documents etc.

Behaviour change briefings 

This is a series of short briefings aimed at emphasising the role psychology can play in achieving behaviour change.

Non-government organisations

In addition to consultations, we have close working links with a number of organisations to help raise awareness of psychology and ensure high standards of education for our discipline.

International links

We are a member of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations and have links with many other psychology organisations around the world.

BPS Impact

The Society actively supports researchers by showcasing high quality research that has potential social, economic and cultural benefits via our searchable online portal BPS Impact.

Read more about our policies and guidelines.