The ideas42 Blog

Reducing Commuter Congestion on Cubs Game Nights

Nov 14, 2017 by John Harris & Doug Palmer

After a long day of work, commuters hope for a fast trip home with few hassles. Drivers want to avoid traffic congestion, and mass transit riders crave an open car with empty seats. However, commuters on the nation’s busiest mass transit systems are often crammed into full train cars after waiting on busy platforms. The … Read more.

A Model for Embedding Behavioral Design in Health Care

Nov 10, 2017 by Owen Footer

Despite advances in medicine and massive increases in spending in America over the last several decades, there hasn’t been a corresponding improvement in health outcomes. One major reason for this is that there’s still a crucial element missing from the design of health care systems and services: consideration for the role of human behavior. That’s … Read more.

Learning Behavioral Design, Part 3: 5 Lessons for Applying Behavioral Design to Programs

Oct 30, 2017 by Vivien Caetano, Katy Davis, & Erin Sherman

It’s one thing to read about behavioral science or attend a one-time training on how it’s been used to improve programs. It’s another to take those insights and apply them to the real world yourself. That was the driver behind our Behavioral Design Project for Promoting Financial Health, in which 11 organizations actively learned behavioral … Read more.

Richard Thaler Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

Oct 9, 2017 by DJ Neri & Evan Nesterak, The Behavioral Scientist

Richard Thaler, our long-time advisor (and a source of inspiration for our work), has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his pioneering work in applied behavioral economics. Below is an article about the impact of his contributions to the field that originally appeared on the Behavioral Scientist.  Richard Thaler, an economist at the University of … Read more.

Breaking Through Behavioral Challenges in Global Health

Oct 4, 2017 by Karina Lorenzana & Jana Smith

It’s hard to argue that health isn’t essential to a good and productive life. When we’re sick, it’s difficult if not impossible to work. Managing an illness or health condition can be a full-time job, or it can be so stressful and difficult that it leads to other maladies. Moreover, the costs of medical care … Read more.

Learning Behavioral Design, Part 2: How to Embed Behavioral Design in Organizations

Sep 21, 2017 by ideas42

Over the last year and a half, we collaborated with 11 financial capability organizations to teach them how to apply behavioral insights to their programs. Each organization identified and tackled an initial problem impeding client financial health by leveraging their unique knowledge of the populations they serve. The reach of the Behavioral Design Project (BDP) … Read more.

Got Behavioral Science Results? Help Us Build a Resource for All

Sep 11, 2017 by ideas42

It’s been more than three months since the launch of the Behavioral Evidence Hub, a community-driven collection of behavioral interventions proven to create impact. Jointly launched by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), and ideas42, the B-Hub (as it’s affectionately called) has been visited … Read more.

Overcoming the “Ick Factor”: Promoting Insects as a Sustainable Protein

Aug 31, 2017 by John Harris & Abi Warren

The consumption of animals has long met the ire of both environmental and climate scientists. Meat production alone is responsible for roughly 40% more greenhouse emissions than all global transportation systems combined. Additionally, an estimated 30% of the planet’s land surface is used to feed animals we will eventually eat. With the global human population … Read more.

Keeping the Paths to Credit Open in Mexico

Aug 7, 2017 by Jaclyn Lefkowitz

What is the cost of making a late loan payment? If you’re like most people, you probably think of late fees. But there are also less visible, longer-term consequences that can have a serious impact on financial wellbeing. For example, late payments affect credit scores, which in turn can affect the ability to access credit … Read more.