Practitioner Insights Seminar Series

Upcoming Sessions

June 25, 2020
12:00pm ET


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?


Past Sessions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.