ideas42 Seminar Series

Upcoming Sessions

September 29, 2020
1:00pm ET


Building Effective, Resilient, and Trusted Police Organizations
w/ Rodrigo Canales, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management

Public perception of the reliability of the police has been systematically low. In particular, the persistence of some hotspots of crime and the high visibility of certain negative police events have amplified this poor public perception, despite the fact that, in general, crime and in particular violent crime has continuously decreased. In this research, we conduct a field experiment in Mexico to evaluate the efficacy and feasibility of improving the legitimacy of the police through training police officers and mid-level commanders on the concepts and techniques of procedural justice. To determine the mechanisms of (potential) impact, we designed evaluations not only on whether police officers understood the concepts of procedural justice after training, but also on whether they internalize it (i.e. it changes their professional identity) and most important on whether they actually change their behavior in the field. In this talk, I will also touch briefly on other components of the research I am conducting on issues of organizational design for police forces in Mexico.

October 20, 2020
12:00pm ET


Trashing Misconceptions About Behavior: Reducing Waste in NYC Public Housing
w/ Matthew Darling, ideas42

November 10, 2020
12:00pm ET


The Like-Minded Algorithm: Human-AI Integration & Considerations for Decision-Making
w/ Renée Richardson Gosline PhD, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Initiative on The Digital Economy

Past Sessions

September 14, 2020

Quick, Frictionless, Purposeful: Using Behavioral Science to Enhance and Learn From Cash Transfer Programs in the Era of COVID-19
w/ Jessica Jean-Francois, ideas42 and Laura Rawlings and Michele Zini, World Bank

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across the globe have been adapting social assistance policies to support their citizens. Since March 2020, 139 countries and territories have planned, implemented, or adapted cash transfer programs. Now more than ever, it is crucial that programs are designed to derive optimal outcomes with the limited resources available. In this seminar, we will invite partners from the Social Protection and Jobs practice at the World Bank to set the stage on the importance of effective cash transfers in the era of COVID-19. We will then share how evidence from our work applying behavioral insights to social protection cash transfers can be applied in the COVID and post-COVID eras to assist these programs in achieving maximum impact.

June 25, 2020

Rapid Behavioral Trials to Improve HIV Testing in South Africa: Two Case Studies in Intervention Design
w/ Alison Buttenheim PhD MBA, University of Pennsylvania CHIBE

Rapid trials of behaviorally-informed interventions are a potentially powerful way to optimize service delivery programs of all kinds. One challenge (among many) in running rapid trials is the design of behaviorally-informed interventions. Where do those intervention design ideas come from? Where should they come from? In this talk I will walk through intervention design case studies from two recent trials in South Africa, both intended to improve aspects of HIV testing programs. While many robust intervention design frameworks and approaches exist, the reality for many projects often deviates from an established process. How? Why? And what are the implications for the conclusions and inferences we can draw from trial results?

June 18, 2020

Design Principles for Clearing the Pathway to College
w/ Harrison Neuert and Shera Kenney, ideas42

Community colleges offer economic opportunity to millions of Americans. While community colleges are often affordable and accessible, behavioral challenges in the application and matriculation process (common among all colleges and universities) can still prohibit many prospective students from getting to day one. In this seminar, we will share behavioral insights and designs to help students successfully navigate the pathway to college from our year of work with the largest system of higher education in the US: the California Community Colleges.

May 19, 2020

Getting New Voters and Non-Voters to the Polls
w/ Omar Parbhoo, ideas42

Can our democracy function during the COVID-19 crisis? The ideas42 Nonvoter Innovation Lab is responding to the pandemic by designing behaviorally-informed solutions that protect safe and accessible elections. During this seminar, we'll share our latest innovations and discuss how we're coordinating with election officials, technology platforms, and nonprofits to implement flexible voting systems that meet the challenges of the moment.

March 17, 2020

Act to Adapt: Behavioral Design for Climate Adaptation
w/ Erin Sherman, ideas42

From heat to hurricanes, floods to fires, climate change cuts across all aspects of life on Earth. While we must continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions (known as climate mitigation), we also have to adjust our structures, systems, and societies in response to the impacts of climate change that are already occurring (known as climate adaptation). In this seminar, we'll explore how behavioral science can be used to accelerate adaptation efforts, and we'll go "beyond the nudge" to discuss decisions that are structural, contextual, occasional, political, and expert-driven.

February 20, 2020

Behavioral Design to Encourage Habit Formation in Handwashing in Peru
w/ Nicki Cohen, ideas42

Imagine a world in which there was a pill that could prevent a million diarrhea-related deaths every year and reduce total incidence of diarrhea by half. Well, we live in that very world, where the "pill" is actually a seemingly simple action: handwashing with soap. And yet - the vast majority of people do not properly wash their hands at critical moments, and researchers have by and large failed to induce folks to do so. In this seminar, we'll talk about how we applied the insights from behavioral science and leveraged disgust, comedy, and essential oils to build a new handwashing habit among caregivers of young children in a small rural village in the Peruvian Andes.

January 16, 2020

Behavioral Science and Machine Learning: A Primer
w/ Rachel Rosenberg, ideas42

Curious about how to use machine learning in your research? Concerned about the ethics of algorithm-based decisions? Our machine learning team introduces the concept of machine learning and how we, as behavioral scientists, are using it for social good.