This election year will bring unexpected hurdles for even the most experienced voters. Learning from student voters can help address these obstacles so that everyone who can cast a vote actually does so.
The behavioral insights approach to design has often been top-down. A priority moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms of behavioral change. One promising way of doing so is to adapt principles from human centered design.
There are plenty of policies and programs aimed at getting people to finish college, but little evidence that they work. Better understanding the barriers to re-enrollment and degree attainment can lead to more effective solutions.
In addition to creating a COVID-19 vaccine, we need a major push to understand how people will react to it. Here are the questions we need to ask now to get ahead of the potential behavioral challenges.
We are reluctant to tell people how to live their lives, except insofar as individual decisions affect the lives of others. We can learn a valuable lesson for the present moment from the examples of smoking and drunk driving.