Jan 31, 2017 by Hannah Furstenberg-Beckman
Youth violence is one of the most pressing social problems facing cities across the United States. Unfortunately, once youth become involved with the criminal justice system, they can get caught cycling in and out of custody, sometimes for the rest of their lives. In the state of Illinois, for example, almost 60 percent of youth … Read more.
Jan 11, 2017 by Jaclyn Lefkowitz & Jess Leifer
First Lady Michelle Obama put it this way: “The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.” Her statement speaks to one of the most significant health challenges our nation is facing—more than a third of American children and teens are overweight or … Read more.
Jan 6, 2017 by Dan Connolly
Happy New Year! We hope you were able to take some time off at the end of 2016, and that your 2017 is off to a good, fresh start. At ideas42, our team puts in hard work applying behavioral science to social problems throughout the year, so we close our offices between Christmas Eve and … Read more.
Jan 4, 2017 by Jon Hayes, Natalie Dabney & Rachel Rosenberg
It is a critical, yet seemingly simple function of city government: connect residents to the programs designed to serve them. Cities invest countless resources to inform the public of valuable programs and encourage residents to use them. Yet mysteriously, those who would most benefit from these programs often neglect to take advantage of them. For … Read more.
Dec 13, 2016 by Vivien Caetano, Hannah Spring, & Lydia Trupe
Globally, one in three women report experiencing violence at the hands of an intimate partner. In some countries, like Ethiopia, over 60% of women experience intimate partner violence (IPV). Each of these instances devastates the lives of women and their families for generations. Over the past few years, we’ve studied intimate partner violence through a … Read more.
Dec 1, 2016 by Dan Connolly
Picture this: it’s Thursday evening, and the end of a long week is in sight. After two back-to-back meetings, you open your e-mail and find a dozen more messages since the afternoon. You sigh – after you go home, have dinner, or spend some time with family or friends, there will be another hour or … Read more.
Nov 28, 2016 by Alex Alhadeff & Alex Blau
As more and more tasks in our lives move online—from work to shopping to paying bills to streaming sports games or TV—online security becomes that much more critical. Yet when an all-too-familiar red and yellow warning pops up (“Warning! Visiting this site may harm your computer!”), do you close the site or take the risk … Read more.
Nov 10, 2016 by Marina Dimova & Mukta Joshi
This post originally appeared on Next Billion. Norma has a small store in the Bago City neighborhood of central Philippines. In the packed interior of her store, Norma sells a variety of household items such as coffee, sugar, chips, bread, eggs, soft drinks, soaps and more. She has big plans for her business – she … Read more.
Nov 2, 2016 by Marcela Cheng & Andrew Fertig
For millions of people around the world, the consequences of inadequate retirement savings are devastating. The problem is widespread even in countries with formal systems of mandatory contributions to individual retirement accounts. In Mexico, these mandatory contributions amount to less than 40% of a worker’s salary during retirement, and few people make the additional (voluntary) … Read more.
Nov 1, 2016 by Katy Davis, Abigail Kim & Abi Warren
The World Giving Index ranks the United States number two worldwide on the generosity of its citizens, ahead of countries like New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. But what if we told you that Americans think their neighbors should give more than the roughly 3% of annual income they already give to charity—a lot … Read more.