Behavioral Insights and DOL
Behavioral insights involve the application of behavioral sciences - or understanding how people make and act on decisions - to improve the design of public policies and programs in ways that reflect a deeper understanding of human nature. The Behavioral Interventions (BI) Program team in the Chief Evaluation Office works with Department of Labor offices and agencies to use behavioral insights to test strategies aimed at improving the effectiveness of Departmental programs and strategies.
Trials offer new tools to improve outcomes by combining what we know from psychology and economics, which suggest that a deeper understanding of decision-making and behavior could improve program design and operation. For example, small changes in the environment, program operations, or default rules can reduce barriers to engagement or facilitate desired behaviors.
Learn more about CEO’s Behavioral Interventions Program, including: current and completed trials, the Practitioner’s Playbook, and other resources for practitioners to get started with behavioral insights.
Behavioral Interventions Design Process
Learn How to Use Behavioral Interventions
The Practitioner’s Playbook is designed to give program administrators and managers at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and other social programs an overview of how they can use insights from behavioral science to improve the effectiveness of their programs and services. Learn the six steps to identify behavioral problems and use strategies informed by behavioral science.
Learn About Past Trials
Program complexity and lack of knowledge of program processes and requirements may affect compliance. View the report.
Simple emails prompt individuals to increase retirement savings. View the trial report, briefs, and other products.
Pilot OSHA citation process increases employer responsiveness. View the trial report, briefs and other products.
Encouragement emails increase participation in reemployment programs. View the trial report, briefs and other products.
Strategies and approaches for partnerships between OFCCP and Community-Based Organizations. View the report.
High rate letters increase requests for OSHA’s On-site Consultation (OSC) program. View the report.
Increasing understanding of customer experiences to improve outcomes. View the report and literature scan.
Lessons Learned from three BI trials conducted at DOL. View the report.
Learn About Current Trials
Evaluating behavioral interventions and determining design options for long-term TAA evaluation. Learn about the trial.
Advancing the application of behavioral sciences to improve the design of public policies and programs in ways that reflect a deeper understanding of human nature. Learn about the trial.
Get Started With Behavioral Insights
A step-by-step guide on how to identify behavioral problems and use strategies informed by behavioral science
Quick Steps to Improve Programs
Tips to motivate people, address limited attention, and streamline operations
Tips to create impactful documents
A Literature Scan and Synthesis of Research on Labor-Related Behavioral Science
A literature scan highlighting promising applications of behavioral insights to challenges relevant to DOL programs, workers, job seekers, and employers.
Department of Labor Behavioral Interventions Podcast
Insights from researchers about the implementation and findings from the three BI trials