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Changing Narratives Around Care Work in Argentina and Beyond

by Eva Matos

Achieving gender equity doesn’t require better arguments or more evidence, it needs new narratives. Last year, Argentina’s marea verde, or green tide, delivered a sweeping abortion reform, moving the needle in favor of gender equity in a society that’s still influenced by prevailing Catholic values and norms that stigmatize a woman’s right to choose. Millions […]

Overcoming Barriers to Voting in Local Elections

by Maya Alper

In the decade since becoming eligible to vote, I’ve moved seven times across four different states. Along the way, I’ve prided myself on re-registering with each move and doing my best to get familiar with my new elected officials. But despite the fact that my job literally revolves around elections, I still struggle like most […]

How Does Uncertainty Influence Decisions About COVID Vaccination? Part 2

by Tom Tasche, Lee-Sien Kao, and Ric LaGrange

Behavioral science provides a crucial framework for understanding human responses to uncertainty. As we unpacked in a recent post, we’ve all been living with high levels of uncertainty and instability throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  When it comes to uncertainty regarding COVID-19 vaccines, there are four “cognitive pitfalls” in particular that are likely to affect decision-making. […]

Building Behavioral Design Skills: Conversations with Breakthrough ACTION Innovators

by Finou Thérèse Mendy

This is part of a series of conversations with members of the National Innovations Teams (NIT), a group of 54 health professionals across government and non-profit sectors in Burkina Faso and Niger. NIT members engage in a hybrid online and in-person applied learning curriculum developed by ideas42, which includes an introduction to behavioral design and […]

How Does Uncertainty Influence Decisions About COVID Vaccination? Part 1

by Tom Tasche, Lee-Sien Kao, and Ric LaGrange

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it can feel like there’s new developments and updated guidance every week. Consider the last few months of 2021 alone, which saw the first full FDA approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, authorization of a vaccine for the 5-11 age group, two different pills to treat COVID-19, and the […]

International Women’s Day: Breaking the Bias With Behavioral Science

by ideas42

International Women’s Day is a day of reflection—an acknowledgment that women around the world have long faced barriers to equal economic and social opportunities, and health services (and by extension outcomes). While at times it might seem like many women are fighting an uphill battle with challenging policy environments and resource constraints, behavioral science can […]

Barriers to Feeding Young Children Well During and After Illness: Insight from the Democratic Republic of Congo

by By: Madeline Kau, Emily Zimmerman, and Augustin Ngandu (SBC Advisor, Breakthrough ACTION DRC)

  For young children experiencing an illness, adequate nutrition is critical for recovery. However, children often don’t receive the recommended amounts of food during and after an illness. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 70% of children under five receive less food than usual or no food during episodes of diarrhea. Similar gaps […]

Black History Month: Honoring Black Behavioral Scientists

by ideas42

In the U.S., Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions made by Black people in all walks of life, across all industries and in all parts of our society. It’s also a time to celebrate and amplify the voices of those in the Black community and reflect on those who inspire […]