Dec 13, 2018 by ideas42
We’ve spent more than a decade applying behavioral science to complex social problems, all in the service of improving the lives of millions of people. Part of our mission is to dramatically expand the use of behavioral science as a problem-solving tool, and that’s why we’ve recently broadened our efforts to bring this approach to … Read more.
Apr 18, 2018 by ideas42
Ten years ago, ideas42 started in a small office at Harvard University. Since then, we have partnered with foundations, non-profits, government agencies, and socially-minded companies to work on more than 100 projects in over 35 countries, using behavioral science to improve millions of lives around the world. Today we released our first-ever Impact Report, taking … Read more.
Mar 19, 2018 by Josh Martin & Laura Rawlings
This post originally appeared on NextBillion. Fighting poverty with direct cash payments is more common now than ever before. In 1997, only three developing countries had centrally managed cash transfer programs targeting poverty. Today, more than 120 do, and more than $200 million in cash is distributed daily. The adoption of cash transfers was a significant step … Read more.
Mar 6, 2018 by Cassie Taylor & Pranav Trewn
Strong reading skills are absolutely fundamental for children to succeed, both in school and later in life. Yet a majority of students in the United States are unable to read proficiently by the end of grade school. A number of well-intentioned interventions have tried to tackle this pervasive problem, but remain too difficult to scale, … Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.