The Behavioral Side of COVID-19

As we work on generating new tools and solutions in partnership with governments and NGOs, we're also compiling a look at the various ways behavioral science can be useful in a global pandemic.

We know that our contribution to weathering this crisis (along with staying home and washing our hands) is in using behavioral science to create innovation. We will continue to look to health experts and public officials for further guidelines–and amplify their message–as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt to a rapidly-evolving world.

The decisions and actions people take around the world over the coming weeks and months truly have the power to change lives, and that’s where evidence-based behavioral design comes in.


The Behavioral Side of COVID-19 Blog Series

  1. Social Distancing & When to Seek Medical Help
  2. When Social Distancing Is Impossible: Humanitarian Crises and Human Behavior
  3. So You’re Working From Home? Make the Most of it with Behavioral Science Tips
  4. Behavioral Insights for Keeping Your Sanity While Working at Home with Kids
  5. When Panic Buying Hurts: Strategies to Lessen the Impact on WIC Participants
  6. Designing for Effective Physical Distancing in Essential Public Spaces


  1. #ChecksChecksChecks: Why We Need A Universal Basic Income Now
  2. How to Maximize the Impact of Cash Transfers, During and After COVID-19

Interested in working with us on applying behavioral science to tackle problems arising from COVID-19? Reach out to us at

In addition, below you’ll find a short list of resources we think could be useful at this time, from a guide to making online learning more effective to creative ways to create better hand washing habits to a checklist for improving all of your communications.

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