Gov42 In-Depth

The “ABC”s of Public Sector Behavioral Innovations


Access More: Whether it’s applying for SNAP benefits or renewing your federal student aid, smart design of enrollment processes can be the difference between 20% and 80% participation. Gov42 can help identify and design for behavioral tendencies driving low uptake of services. Examples of this work include:

Build Efficiency & Trust: If a process to retain benefits is complicated or unclear about required actions, it’s no surprise people drop off. Behavioral science insights can streamline processes and increase transparency to make compliance with programs easier and less costly. Examples of this work include:

Curate Choices: With more access to information than ever, choices can be challenging to navigate. From when to claim Social Security to identifying the right Medicare prescription plan, framing choices in terms people care about can help them digest a complicated menu of options. Examples of this work include:

Gov42 seeks to help government partners make their programs more impactful, efficient, and accountable. We work closely with partners to design cost-effective changes to programs, policies, and public spaces to improve outcomes.

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Support for Gov42 initiatives is provided in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s core objective is to address our nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches.