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Behavioral Science Cohort

January 29, 2018

The Mayors Innovation Project has partnered with Harvard's Behavioral Insights Group to help member cities test behavioral science solutions to address city challenges. The partnership unites MIP's innovative city leaders with Harvard’s behavioral economists, decision research scholars, and behavioral scientists. By applying rigorous experimental design and data analysis to the ways in which local governments interact with their residents, and by sharing what we learn between cities, we believe we can improve outcomes for education, health, equity, the environment, city finances and more.              

The first year-long cohort was accepted into the program in 2017 and included MIP member cities Burlington VT, Columbia SC, Golden CO, Grand Rapids MI, South Bend IN, and Tacoma WA. They tackled projects like increasing the amount donated to energy relief funds for low-income families at a local utility and reducing the number of chronic nuisance code violator properties in the city.

Year 2 cohort cities include:

  • Portland, OR
  • Culver City, CA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Wisconsin Rapids, WI

More details on the projects and results to come!


Learn more about behavioral science by watching the below webinar:



If you have any questions about this project or wish to be notified of future cohorts, please call Katya Szabados 608.262.5831 or email knszabados@mayorsinnovation.org.