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USING BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE TO MAKE PROGRAMS WORK FOR PEOPLE

Behavioral science demonstrates that even small hassles create barriers that prevent those in need of services from receiving them. Applying behavioral insights can improve the way programs are designed and services are delivered.

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MAY, 2018

Child welfare is a relatively new program area for testing behaviorally informed interventions. The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency – Next Generation (BIAS-NG) research team has spent the past year speaking with child welfare agencies and service providers, exploring opportunities for using behavioral interventions to address challenges to achieving desired outcomes.

November, 2017

The results of behavioral tests get a lot of attention (for good reason!), but we focus much less on the practical lessons that can be drawn from the process of developing and implementing interventions. The recently published final report of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project, Nudging Change in Human Services, fills this gap by devoting an entire chapter to lessons we learned from implementing the different interventions .

 April, 2017

One of the goals of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS), BIAS-Next Generation, and Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services (BICS) projects is to help practitioners apply insights from behavioral science to their own programs. In recent months, the BIAS project has shared a number of resources in support of this goal.

 November, 2016

Decades of behavioral science research have shown that “nudges” — small changes that aim to sway people in a certain direction — can work. Small tweaks to the design of a program or process can help people save money, improve their health, or avoid harm.

 April, 2016

BIAS has now completed 15 randomized controlled trials in child care, child support, and work support programs. While each intervention was designed to respond to unique challenges faced by particular programs, seven behavioral concepts were used in almost every site.

 February, 2016

This issue of the Buzz focuses on past and future behavioral interventions tested by child support agencies, reminding readers of the findings from the BIAS child support tests and previewing the work of the BICS initiative.

 September, 2015

Filling out an application is often the first step to participating in social services programs. However, some forms can be hard to complete. These barriers may prevent people from completing applications even if they need and want services.

 April, 2015

We don’t always do what we intend to do. For instance, people sign up for gym memberships vowing to lose weight, only to give up after a few sessions. How can programs use what clients intend to do to help them actually do it?

 January, 2015

The last issue focused on how personalization in written materials can help capture a person’s attention. But getting a reader’s interest is only half the battle. How can senders help ensure that a reader will absorb and act on the information being provided?