Posts related to “project update”

Return to Blog.

Every Child Reads: Bringing Literacy Home with Behavioral Science

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.

Saving Made Easier with the Financial Health Check

Feb 28, 2018 by ideas42

Building a savings cushion is easier said than done. Irregular cash flows and unpredictable expenses make it difficult to determine how much to save. After surveying balances across accounts and projecting future bills, you still have to either make a trip to the bank or navigate an online portal to actually move money into a … Read more.

Building Financial Health: There’s an (Unused) App for That

Dec 18, 2017 by Maddie Kau & Abigail Kim

Cashing a check seems like a simple task. But in practice, it involves many small, hassle-ridden steps that take time and energy: planning when to go, finding a nearby ATM or retail location, remembering to bring the check, traveling to the location, and waiting in line. Fortunately, most banks now offer mobile deposit, allowing customers … Read more.

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.

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.

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.

From WIC to SNAP: Benefits Programs Go Farther with Behavioral Science

Jul 18, 2017 by ideas42

In the United States, more than 45 million people live below the poverty line, including one in five children who will experience its long-lasting effects. While public benefits programs meaningfully impact countless lives by providing essentials like food and health care, many people who are struggling do not receive these benefits for a variety of … Read more.

What’s Stopping Chileans from Saving

May 8, 2017 by David Munguía Gómez

Saving money is important not only for long-term needs like retirement but also for expenses in the short term. This is because incomes and expenses are not always constant, and people can’t necessarily predict when they will need more cash. A reliable savings cushion is critical when people encounter large, unexpected costs or lose their … Read more.

Walking the Walk: Can ideas42 Team Members Truly Disconnect?

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.