Conference Highlight & Project Opportunity with Duke University & Center for Advanced Hindsight

Mariel Beasley, Center for Advanced Hindsight
Ryan Smith, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy

We had a great time presenting to NCLGBA at the Summer Conference (). We wanted to follow up on our offer that we shared at the conference:

The Sanford School of Public Policy and the Center for Advanced Hindsight (CAH) are excited to announce the second year of our new program in Behavioral Economics for Local Government. In the program’s inaugural year, we worked with North Carolina local governments on thirteen projects (listed below).

We are repeating the program again this year, and have a handful of slots open for new projects. If you are interested in using behavioral insights to develop innovative solutions to challenges your local government faces, please follow the link below to submit a project application. Applications are due by next Monday, August 28th.

Project Proposal Application: https://goo.gl/forms/UsLig4KwQN85jvaB2

Each project team will consist of two masters level students (predominantly Public Policy Students) and a researcher from Duke’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. All projects will be overseen by Mariel Beasley, Director of the Common Cents Lab at CAH, and Ryan Smith, Sr. Director of Innovation at Sanford.

While we will be able to select only a handful of proposals, we are planning to roll out other opportunities later this fall that will allow us to work with more local governments across NC. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss potential project ideas before submitting, please contact Mariel Beasley and me or call Mariel at 919-949-9159.

Ryan Smith: ryan.patrick.smith@duke.edu; Mariel Beasley mariel.beasley@duke.edu

 

LIST OF LAST YEAR’S PROJECTS (Report Coming Soon!)

City Challenge
1 Fayetteville How can we increase compliance with waste collection (not leaving carts out, putting garbage in the cart)?
2 Wake County How can we increase the number of students participating in the free breakfast program (all students are eligible)?
3 Knightdale How can we reduce speeding within residential subdivisions?
4 Hillsborough How can we increase overall individual health to increase productivity and lower healthcare costs?
5 Zebulon How can we increase participation in the Citizen’s Academy and other local events?
6 Wake Forest How can we increase the number of households using pay-as-you-go electricity meters?
7 Catawba County How can we increase response rates for community engagement surveys (e.g. community health surveys, strategic plans, etc.)?
8 Southern Pines How can we increase the number of households that recycle?
9 Durham City How can we increase daily attendance (particularly of older teens) in teen center programming?
10 Rocky Mount How can we increase participation in and improve the effectiveness of the employee wellness program?
11 Wake County How can we increase the number of Medicare and food stamp applicants turning in required materials within a reasonable timeframe?
12 Durham City How can we increase the number of households that enroll in matching Child Savings Accounts?
13 Wake Forest How can we increase minority participation in local town events?

 

Warmly,
Ryan and Mariel