Civic Engagement

Don’t Forget to Remind People to Vote

by Nick O'Donnell

Across the 2018, 2020, and 2022 elections, only 70% of eligible voters participated at least once, and a meager 40% voted in all three.

It’s easy to look at these figures and think Americans don’t actually care about voting. Behavioral science tells a more nuanced story.

Changes in Election Laws Derail Voters

by Meghan Ingerick

Change is difficult, whether we’re adapting to small changes in our routine or seismic shifts in our environment. One reason for this struggle is as humans, we rely on a collection of prior knowledge and experiences to form mental models that help us navigate the world. When those mental models are disrupted, we’re easily derailed, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Work for Good: Turning Hours at Work into Dollars for Impact

by Cecilia Shang and Eleni Fischer

Many employees indicate that they want to be a part of a workplace that is socially meaningful in some way.  America’s Charities’ 2017 Snapshot study found that “71% of surveyed employees say it is imperative or very important to work where culture is supportive of giving and volunteering.” More recently, many employees are seeking to […]

Can a Personalized Overview of Past Giving Make Us More Generous?

by Samantha Hammer and Eleni Fischer

Think about your charitable giving over the past year or so. Did you donate to a friend’s cause? Did you volunteer your time? Did you support a friend, family member, acquaintance, or stranger in need? Looking back on it now, does your giving reflect who you are and what you care about?  These are probably […]

Let’s Make Voting a Habit

by Tom Tasche

I picked up a lot of new habits over the past year. With the pandemic scrambling “life as usual,” everything from how I eat, sleep, and exercise to how I work, relax, and socialize looks different these days. It’s an open question to what extent this new way of life will stick once the world […]