Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services Demonstration Program (BICS)

BICS is a five-year demonstration program exploring how to better understand individuals’ behavior and decision-making ability when it comes to child support.  Known as behavioral economics, this approach uses insights from psychology and related fields to explain why and how people act. Launched in 2014, BICS is testing how strategies from behavioral economics can be used to improve child support services. For background information, read the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the BICS demonstration grants or the FOA for the BICS evaluation grant.  

Applying Behavioral Insights to Increase Collections

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Initial findings demonstrate that low-cost, low-effort behavioral interventions can improve child support outcomes

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Final Report on BICS Demonstration

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Summarizes ways 8 states used behavioral interventions to improve child support services

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Last Reviewed: February 5, 2020

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