Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) Capstone Project, 2015 - 2018

Project Overview

The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency Capstone project, led by MDRC, is synthesizing the work of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project and conducting dissemination activities to ensure the results of that project are shared with a broad audience of research, policy, and practice stakeholders. BIAS Capstone is furthering the dissemination work conducted under the BIAS contract through a range of diverse activities and products. While BIAS produced a report describing findings from the knowledge development phase and site-specific reports for each of the eight sites where behavioral interventions were tested, one of BIAS Capstone’s major contributions has been the production of a final synthesis report.

The final report discusses the overall findings from the BIAS project, synthesizes lessons learned across the eight sites and during the knowledge development period, situates the findings within the broader context of applied behavioral insights and human services policy, discusses implications for future research and practice, and features independent commentaries from behavioral experts. In producing this final report, the BIAS Capstone team convened a group of experts who provided their perspectives on key takeaways from the BIAS project. The BIAS Capstone project is also disseminating the work of BIAS through the publication of a compendium of all the behaviorally informed materials created as part of the project’s interventions; articles submitted to academic journals; a case study that can be used by those teaching about the application of behavioral insights; a short video about the project; a handout describing the project’s framework for applying behavioral concepts; and issue briefs on each of the three program areas in which BIAS worked—child care, child support, and work support.

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  • Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Participation in Social Services Programs: A Case Study

    Published: August 2, 2018

    This case study is designed to be a teaching guide for graduate and undergraduate students in behavioral science courses, as well as a resource for practitioners curious about this field. It is intended to help readers practice applying a behavioral diagnosis and design methodology to a real-world challenge: increasing attendance at an informational meeting...

  • Behavioral Intervention Materials Compendium

    Published: April 13, 2018

    The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project conducted 15 randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions across eight states, in the domains of work support, child support, and child care. BIAS used a systematic approach called “behavioral diagnosis and design” to develop the interventions and their associated materials. This process...

  • Behavioral Insights for Child Care: Lessons from the BIAS Project

    Published: January 4, 2018

    The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project conducted randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions at two child care agencies in Indiana and Oklahoma. This brief provides an overview...

  • Behavioral Insights for Work Support: Lessons from the BIAS Project

    Published: January 4, 2018

    The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project conducted randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions with two programs that aim to increase the economic security of recipients’ families through employment. This brief provides an overview of the interventions the BIAS team designed in partnership with these sites, which targeted two primary problems

  • Behavioral Insights for Child Support: Lessons from the BIAS Project

    Published: November 16, 2017

    The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project conducted randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions at four child support agencies—in Texas, Washington, and two Ohio counties...

  • Developing SIMPLER Solutions

    Published: October 3, 2017

    The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project undertook a diagnosis and design process that resulted in tailored interventions specific to each of the project’s sites. While these interventions responded to sites’ unique challenges, they addressed common bottlenecks that various human services settings may share...

  • Nudging Change in Human Services: Final Report of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) Project

    Published: May 17, 2017

    This report represents the final synthesis of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project. Overall, the project’s findings demonstrated that applying behavioral insights to challenges facing human services programs can improve program efficiency, operations, and outcomes at a relatively low cost.

  • The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) Project - Infographic

    Published: December 22, 2016

    The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project demonstrated the value of applying insights from behavioral science to improve the efficacy of human services programs. This infographic captures key elements of the project, highlights the behavioral techniques most commonly used in BIAS, and summarizes results across the BIAS experiments...

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