Questions We’re Asking

Can small changes based on the insights of behavioral science improve the effectiveness of social programs?

Why are we asking?
Policymakers and administrators are increasingly using evidence about human behavior to improve the design of education and social services. People — who often rely on intuition instead of reason, make inconsistent choices over time, and can be overloaded by information — are the clients who receive services, the staff who provide them, and the policymakers who create them. MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science is a leader in designing and testing behavioral interventions in education and social services.

Working Toward a Solution