Research

... Government

How can we use behavioral science to bring innovation into government?

Growing cities are often accompanied by economic, environmental, and social challenges. Public agencies must be creative, adaptable, and responsive to meet citizens’ needs. Across the globe, governments are seeking novel approaches to solving problems. We generate equitable policies and solutions to solve real world problems by innovating and evaluating with behavioral science and design.

Our Process

We partner with employers, community organizations, and other groups looking to test creative policy solutions.  We aim to design and run randomized controlled trials and rigorously measure our impact. We analyze outcome data and report the results in academic journals and popular press pieces so that solutions might be scaled to other municipal, state, and central governments.  Interested partners are encouraged to reach out to us to discuss potential collaboration and requirements for specific interventions.

Partnership Opportunities

Are you a local, state, or federal policymaker or someone with a passion for making your community better?  Do you have a complex problem you think could be solved with behavioral science and innovation?

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FOCUS AREAS

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FTA Awards $14M in Grants for 25 ‘Innovative Mobility’ Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced that 25 projects in 24…

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L.A. Metro receives FTA grant to develop a pilot travel rewards program

L.A. Metro is partnering with the Harvard School of Business, the Duke…

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Los Angeles Metro Awarded Federal Grant to Develop Travel Rewards Program

The Federal Transit Administration announced Thursday that it awarded $700,000 to the…

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Governo federal define novas regras para o teletrabalho

Ogoverno federal deu mais um passo para modernizar a gestão de pessoas…

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Behavioral TDM

The transportation sector is responsible for a quarter of emissions stemming from…

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Durham wins $1 million in Bloomberg’s U.S. mayors challenge

The city of Durham will receive $1 million after it won a…

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How Durham, NC’s mayor uses effective behavioral economics

The mayor of Durham, NC isn't afraid to get dirty — literally.…

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How Durham is using user-testing to design a compost system that works

In the city of Durham, North Carolina, roughly 30% of the garbage…

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Garbage in, insights out: What every city can learn from Durham’s composting prototype

Tenita Poole had never separated her kitchen food waste for composting before.…

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Mayors Challenge: Meet the people driving 9 innovative projects forward

Innovation doesn’t happen by accident. Behind every bold idea and pathbreaking program…

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The Threat of Climate Change Has Made Composting More Popular Than Ever. But the Industry Is Surprisingly Precarious.

Thirty years ago, this thirty-acre patch of dirt in southwestern Chatham County…

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Alum Steve Schewel announces he will seek 2nd term as Durham mayor

To decide on a specific solution, the city is collaborating with Duke’s…

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Explainer: What is a behavioral ‘nudge’?

Suddenly, it seems, everyone in the public sector is “nudging.” The strategy…

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A Greener Commute: One City’s Story

What motivates commuters to leave their cars behind, and take the bus…

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Can Durham curb car usage? With $1 million and help from a Duke center, Mayor Steve Schewel thinks so

Durham and Mayor Steve Schewel want you to ditch your car, and…

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Durham’s Plan to ‘Nudge’ Drivers Out of Cars

There are 19,000 parking spots in downtown Durham, North Carolina, and an…

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Durham Reports Successful Pilot Results to Reduce Downtown Traffic Congestion

DURHAM, N.C. – Can a mid-sized city – where cars are still…

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Durham’s Plan to ‘Nudge’ Drivers Out of Cars

Behavioral science strategies like offering prizes are getting people into public transit.…

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WHO WE ARE

Joseph Sherlock

SENIOR BEHAVIORAL RESEARCHER

Lyndsay Gavin

BEHAVIORAL RESEARCHER

Michael Daly

BEHAVIORAL RESEARCHER