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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.


Cohort 2 cities will be notified of their acceptance into the program by April 9th 2018 and invited to an in person workshop at Harvard University on May 3-4th. Cities in the cohort will work with MIP staff and BIG faculty and researchers on their project approximately May 2018 through May 2019.


Watch our February 2018 webinar to learn more about the cohort concept, behavioral science work in cities, and characteristics of a good behavioral science project for this work.



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.