Projects

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Distributing Recycling Bins with Lids

City Partner: Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet

Academic Partner: Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College 

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  • Addressed litter problem in Philadelphia by examining whether lidded recycling bin distribution has an effect on recycling volume and litter.

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Trash Receptacle Placement

City Partner: Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet

Academic Partner: Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College

  • Addressed the litter problem in Philadelphia by attempting to find the number of public trash cans that increased proper trash disposal as opposed to litter and illegal dumping.

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Increasing Online Registration and Renewal Rates

City Partner: Department of Licenses and Inspections

Academic Partner: Swarthmore College

  • Tested the effect of messaging on online registration and renewal rates.

Increasing Applicant Response Rate for Basic Systems Repair Program

City Partner: Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation

Academic Partner: Swarthmore College

  • Tested the effect of mailed reminders from the City and City Councilmembers on response rates from Basic Systems Repair Program applicants.

Summer Job Program Reminders

City Partner: Philadelphia Youth Network

Academic Partner: Swarthmore College

  • Tested the effect of email reminders on summer job application completion.

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Bike Share Pass Renewal

City Partner: Indego Bike Share Program

Academic Partner: University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University

  • Tested the effect of financial incentives on pass renewal.

Increasing Pro-Bono Work

City Partner: Philly VIP

Academic Partner: Swarthmore College

  • Tested the effect of messaging and a lottery on engagement among attorneys for pro-bono work concerning tangled titles.

City Employee Wellness

City Partner: Office of Human Resources

Academic Partner: University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College

  • Tested the effect of checklists and loss-gain framing on participation in the city's wellness program

Survey Participation

City Partner: Chief Integrity Office

Academic Partner: N/A

  • Tested the effect of messaging on survey participation among city employees during Integrity Week.

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Heat Equity

City Partner: Office of Sustainability

Academic Partner: University of Pennsylvania

  • Partnered with the Office of Sustainability to survey residents in Hunting Park about heat to inform how future resources should be allocated.

Civil Service Equity

City Partner: Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Academic Partner: N/A

  • Partnered with the Mayor's Office of Diversity and Inclusion to lead a cross departmental team of city administrators from the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Streets Department, and the Water Department to apply an equity lens to three civil service positions, with a concentrated focus on improving both racial and gender equity.

School District Teacher Engagement

City Partner: School District of Philadelphia

Academic Partner: Swarthmore College 

  • Tested the effect of identify salience and incentives on participation in an annual survey among school teachers

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Process

Our project map illustrates the process academic partners, City departments, and City leaders take to build and implement a project. This process is not always linear, but all the steps below occur at some point in time.

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