Behavioral Science for Human Services Practitioners Workshop Oct 3, 2018

Posted on October 1, 2018

Workshop: Behavioral Science for Human Services Practitioners


Behavioral science is breaking new ground in explaining how context and cognitive processes shape our decisions and actions. Drawing on empirical research, these insights suggest practical strategies that can help anyone do more of what they want and less of what they don’t.

This workshop will introduce key principles of behavioral science and how they can be applied in the human services and beyond. The discussion will highlight behavioral barriers that emerge in service delivery and systemic efforts to alleviate poverty, as well as evidence-based tools to overcome them.

Through interactive exercises, participants will learn how to examine their own programs and other real-world case examples from a behavioral perspective:

  • What decisions and actions are people required to take to achieve desired outcomes?
  • Where and how can they get derailed, and what changes could reduce those obstacles and enhance the likelihood of engagement, persistence, and completion?


9:00 am – 9:30 am: Light breakfast and networking

9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Workshop

In addition, the Behavioral Design Center is accepting requests for hands-on project assistance in applying behavioral insights and strategies to improve human service delivery and utilization. More information about this opportunity is available here, and will be discussed at the workshop.

The Center will also offer a follow-up feedback session for session participants to discuss their efforts to implement behavioral design strategies based on workshop learnings, and suggestions for next steps.

The Behavioral Design Center is generously supported by The New York Community Trust and the Booth Ferris Foundation.

Human Services Council, a leading advocate for nonprofits providing human services, works to strengthen New York’s nonprofit human services sector, ensuring all New Yorkers, across diverse neighborhoods, cultures, and generations reach their full potential.

FPWA promotes the social and economic well-being of greater New York’s most vulnerable by advocating for just public policies and strengthening human services organizations.

ideas42 is a nonprofit organization focused on applying behavioral science to solve difficult social problems. We partner with nonprofit and government agencies, foundations, and corporations in the United States and around the world to design effective programs and systems, and improve existing ones. ideas42 has established behavioral design teams that assist government agencies in New York City and Chicago. This work has produced a range of positive effects, including increases in college persistence, expanded public benefit enrollment and retention, and improved criminal justice outcomes.

Regist here


Wed, October 3, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT


Human Services Council of New York

130 East 59th Street

New York, NY 10022