Feb 5, 2014
What organization doesn’t want to describe itself as “outcome oriented” and “data driven”? These two buzz phrases highlight a growing interest in the social sector for measuring and tracking concrete outputs in order to demonstrate organizational impact. Beyond the usual metrics, however, is the need to measure the impact of specific program changes or initiatives. … Read more.
Feb 5, 2014
How do we understand the world around us? As individuals, we have five senses that will reveal some truth about the world, and they serve us pretty well when we’re trying to survive. But how do you see an atom? Can you touch a burgeoning social movement? Can you hear the migratory behavior of the … Read more.
Jan 22, 2014
Design is about solving problems, and great design is about solving hard problems successfully. At ideas42 we’ve found that incorporating insights from behavioral economics at every stage of the design process can yield amazing results – whether solving problems in health, energy usage, or economic development. We’re just wrapping up a project looking at the … Read more.
Jan 17, 2014
People are presented with many choices throughout their day, from what to have for lunch to where to go on vacation to how much money to save for emergencies. In many situations, this ability to choose enhances our lives. However, having too many choices can sometimes feel like a burden, especially if the choices are … Read more.
Jan 7, 2014
Reflecting back, 2013 was an exciting year for ideas42, CFED and the Citi Foundation. Through the BETA (Behavioral Economics Technical Assistance) Project, we worked with Accion Texas, the Cleveland Housing Network, and Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners to design and test new solutions for their programs using insights from behavioral economics. We defined the problems to be … Read more.
Nov 21, 2013
Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published by Next Billion‘s James Militzer. Why do so many people – in all countries and at all levels of society – struggle to make sound financial decisions? Answering that question is one of the missions of ideas42, a non-profit “behavior design lab” that specializes in behavioral economics, … Read more.
Nov 20, 2013
Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published by Next Billion’s James Militzer. Here are some undisputed financial truths: It’s good to pay your bills on time and save for a rainy day. It’s bad to live beyond your means and carry too much costly debt. We all know those things. Yet billions of people, … Read more.
Oct 8, 2013
Take a look at your to-do list. Which task do you expect to complete first? Probably something fairly simple and concrete: “Buy groceries,” “Pay phone bill,” “Clean bathroom.” Now, which task always gets pushed to the bottom of the list? Learning conversational Spanish would be fun and would make you a stronger job candidate, but … Read more.
Oct 3, 2013
ideas42 and its partners, the Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), are excited to announce a call for prototyping partners on the CFPB Innovations Project. The project seeks to develop and test prototypes of new approaches for helping consumers overcome common decision-making … Read more.
Sep 30, 2013
“Make It Easy” – it’s not just a Staples advertising gimmick, but a key design principle from behavioral economics. How can we make sure people sign up for 401(k) savings accounts? Make it easy by setting a default plan. How can we get people to eat right? Make it easier by designing an intuitive food … Read more.