Sep 17, 2014
It’s easy to agree that poverty is a problem, but explaining its causes and prescribing solutions is a far more difficult and complex task. What if children born into poverty could become as likely to succeed as their wealthier peers? What if intergenerational poverty were not an unavoidable and enduring evil, but entirely tractable? These … Read more.
Sep 10, 2014
A new evaluation of a project that ideas42 collaborated on points to the huge impact that low-cost, easy-to-implement interventions can have on the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. Using ideas42’s unique diagnosis and design methodology, the project aimed to increase the number of inmates in Texas prisons who … Read more.
Sep 5, 2014
Approximately 70 million American adults are considered unbanked or underbanked, and are forced to manage their money through costly alternative financial services that operate outside of the traditional banking system. These services, such as check-cashers and payday loans, impose large fees that often accumulate over time, which can trap consumers in cyclical and deepening debt. An alarming … Read more.
Aug 19, 2014
Whether you’re writing a check to your landlord, swiping your credit card at the checkout counter, or diverting a portion of your paycheck into a 401(k), it’s likely that a financial institution plays an important role in your daily life. Yet the same cannot be said for all Americans: more than one in four households … Read more.
Feb 10, 2014
It’s no secret that saving money is a good idea. Even when money is tight, putting away a small amount on a regular basis can help deal with unforeseen financial shocks as well as allow people to make investments to build financial stability in the long-term. But time and time again we see people failing to save for … Read more.
Feb 5, 2014
In the social sector, it’s not always possible to test the impact of a designed solution. This often leaves us wondering whether resources are spent in ways that have real effects on welfare. The BETA Projectwas a unique opportunity to design behavioral solutions for three partner sites and test each solution to see whether or … Read more.
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.