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11:42 am, September 18, 2014

Behavioral Insights

Finding solutions to some of society's most seemingly intractable problems doesn't have to involve billion-dollar investments or comprehensive tax reform. Instead, inexpensive, simple solutions can often be found by looking at human behavior (aka behavioral insights) that seek to explain the way we make decisions, whether consciously or unconsciously. The approach presented in the six white papers below, written by various Deloitte contributors, blends the latest discoveries in the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and human factors engineering to help government agencies use behavioral insights to improve program effectiveness and reduce costs in today's fiscally-constrained environment.

The sentence that can save government $45 million

In this white paper, Deloitte's Shrupti Shah examines how applying behavioral insights -- how people think and make decisions -- can improve program effectiveness and reduce costs.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 04:10am EDT

Behavioral insights for responsible financial behavior

In this white paper, Deloitte's Amira Choueiki examines how to enable good choices in a daunting financial environment. Tasks required to maintain personal finances are often the most tedious, confusing, and dreaded of everyday chores.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 04:43am EDT

Behavioral insights for sustainable behavior

In this white paper, Deloitte's Amira Choueiki examines how to make it easier to be green, because environmental friendliness often requires extra effort.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 05:17am EDT

Behavioral insights for healthy behavior

In this white paper, Deloitte's Sanjay Joshua Choudhury examines how to enable people to live healthy, happy lives. Some of the benefits of healthy living are self-evident—who wouldn't like to live a little longer or trim a few pounds of fat?

Monday - 08/19/2013, 05:35am EDT

Behavioral insights for transportation

In this white paper, Deloitte's Sarah Williamson examines how government can make America's roads safer to navigate by applying the scientific data of how people behave.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 05:48am EDT

Deploying behavioral insights

In this white paper, Deloitte's Anna Mohan and Andrea Dinneen examine how agencies can use behavioral insights to their advantage. By changing the context in which individuals make decisions, these behavioral insights enable citizens to make better choices and facilitate positive societal outcomes.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 06:06am EDT