Behavioral Design for COVID-19 Response

This brief offers examples which demonstrate the emerging need for expertise in designing government services for chronic scarcity as society adapts to a new way of life in light of COVID-19.

Government agencies serving their residents during the COVID-19 pandemic have a number of tools at their disposal: public funding, talented and committed staff, connections to goods and services from local organizations, and valuable know-how. This brief offers three recommendations to deal with the situation.

Source: Behavioral Design for COVID-19 Response

    The Behavioral Side of COVID-19

    We know that our contribution to weathering this crisis (along with staying home and washing our hands) is in using behavioral science to create innovation. We will continue to look to health experts and public officials for further guidelines–and amplify their message–as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt to a rapidly-evolving world.

    The decisions and actions people take around the world over the coming weeks and months truly have the power to change lives, and that’s where evidence-based behavioral design comes in.

    Source: The Behavioral Side of COVID-19

      Behavioral Sciences Tips for Physical Distancing

      This brief includes some concrete tips for how local and national governments and other institutions can use behavioral design to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities in low and middle-income countries around the world while facilitating social cohesion and the provision of essential services.

      These include:

      • Make it easier for people to practice physical distancing in their communities by reshaping their environments.
      • Redesign how healthcare and other public services are delivered to facilitate physical distancing while ensuring essential service provision.
      • Lower the costs, both social and financial, associated with physical distancing.
      • Create new benefits and incentives to make physical distancing less painful and more sustainable for people to practice over time

      Source (English): Behavioral Sciences Tips for Physical Distancing

      Source (Français): Conseils de la Science du Comportement pour l’Eloignement Physique