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

Publication Year: 
2017
Personal Author: 
Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn., Anzelone, Caitlin., Dechausay, Nadine., Landers, Patrick.
Corporate Author: 
United States Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation., MDRC.
Type of Resource: 
Report
Page Count: 
137
Abstract: 

Research in behavioral economics has shown that small changes in the environment can make it easier for people to act and make decisions that support their goals. For example, research suggests that small changes to make processes easier — such as simplifying application instructions, prepopulating forms with available required information, and streamlining procedures — can improve human services program design and outcomes. The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project used behavioral insights to address issues related to the operations, implementation, and efficacy of social service programs and policies. The goal was to learn how tools from behavioral science can be used to deliver programs more effectively and, ultimately, to improve the well-being of low-income children, adults, and families. (Author abstract modified)