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  • Applying Behavioral Science to Human Services Programs: The BIAS Project

    Published: September 5, 2018
    The goal of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project was to learn how tools from behavioral science could be used to deliver human services more efficiently and effectively to low-income children, adults, and families. BIAS conducted 15 randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions across eight states....
  • 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 Buzz: May 2018 - Behavioral Science Interventions in Child Welfare: Challenges and Opportunities 

    Published: May 15, 2018
    Updates on behavioral economics and the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project.
  • 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...
  • Behavioral Buzz: November 2017 - Can a New Approach to Problem-solving Lead to Better Outcomes?

    Published: November 1, 2017
    Updates on behavioral economics and the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project...
  • 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.

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