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Building Behavioral Design Skills: Conversations with Breakthrough ACTION Innovators

by Nicole Russo

This is part of a series of conversations with members of the National Innovations Team (NIT), a group of 54 health professionals across government and non-profit sectors in Burkina Faso and Niger. NIT members engage in a hybrid online and in-person applied learning curriculum developed by ideas42, which includes an introduction to behavioral design and […]

Work for Good: Turning Hours at Work into Dollars for Impact

by Cecilia Shang and Eleni Fischer

Many employees indicate that they want to be a part of a workplace that is socially meaningful in some way.  America’s Charities’ 2017 Snapshot study found that “71% of surveyed employees say it is imperative or very important to work where culture is supportive of giving and volunteering.” More recently, many employees are seeking to […]

How Do You Plan for the Future When the Value of Money Has a Time Limit? Initial Insights from Cash Transfers in South Sudan

by Nadia Selim, Social Protection Specialist, World Bank; Sumaira Sagheer, Senior Communications Specialist, World Bank; Janet Maya, Communications Officer, UNOPS; and Catherine MacLeod, Senior Associate, ideas42

Saving money, or spending it in ways to support long-term goals, is difficult for anyone. Living in extreme poverty makes it even more challenging and is almost inconceivable during a global pandemic that continues to disrupt lives and livelihoods. In South Sudan, high levels of poverty, exacerbated by decades of conflict, escalating food insecurity, shortages […]

A Look Back on 2021: 5 Behavioral Science Takeaways

by ideas42

Every day, working with a wide range of partners around the world, we use behavioral science to address complex social problems. And each year, we take a moment to reflect on this work, what we’ve learned, and how to build on this knowledge going forward.  As 2021 draws to a close, here are five takeaways […]

Building Behavioral Science Capacity 60 Minutes at a Time: Better Client Surveys

by Laura Wolff

In recent decades, behavioral scientists around the world have partnered with government agencies and large institutions to enhance program impact and solve pressing societal problems. However, this body of empirical research and its practical applications have not usually been accessible to the multitude of people on the front lines of service delivery, crisis response, and […]

Giving Childhood Vaccinations a Boost

by Arielle Gorstein

Vaccines are one of the most powerful and cost-effective public health interventions in the history of medicine. Each year, vaccines save millions of lives and billions of dollars in indirect costs. Yet in the U.S. alone, about 42,000 adults and 300 children die of vaccine-preventable diseases (not including COVID-19) each year. And underserved populations, such […]

“What Type of Giver Are You?” Personal Donation Suggestions to Fuel Giving

by Marisa Nowicki

Which “Friends” character are you? Which Hogwarts house do you belong to? These are examples of fun, short quizzes that people sometimes can’t help but take. Why? We like to reveal something new and unique about ourselves. How about: What type of giver are you? Since 2015, our team has been researching donor behavior and […]

Context Matters: Designing Policies for Shared Prosperity with ideas42 Policy Lab

by Kelli Garcia

In a 1962 episode of the classic television show Candid Camera called “Face the Rear,” a group of actors enters an elevator one at a time. Rather than turning around to face the doors, they remain facing the back. The unsuspecting rider and subject of the “prank” who was originally on the elevator now faces a […]

Building Behavioral Science Capacity 60 Minutes at a Time: Enhancing Participant Engagement

by Laura Wolff

In recent decades, behavioral scientists around the world have partnered with government agencies and large institutions to enhance program impact and solve pressing societal problems. However, this body of empirical research and its practical applications have not usually been accessible to the multitude of people on the front lines of service delivery, crisis response, and […]