What We Do
The mission of the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative (PBSI) is to help the City harness the best ideas and methods from economics, psychology, political science, and sociology, and other fields, to address the needs of Philadelphia's residents and businesses in creative and effective ways.
Over the past several years, governments in the U.S. and abroad have demonstrated how behavioral science can help improve people’s lives. As a result of this work, more U.S. citizens are accessing the economic benefits available to them, more students are finding the resources they need to attend college, more families are participating in health care programs, and more people who were looking for work now have jobs.
By taking steps to incorporate behavioral science into the City of Philadelphia’s work, PBSI will help the City improve the delivery of public services, better understand program implementation and evaluation, and strengthen the approach of evidence-based policy-making across municipal departments—all with the goal of saving residents and the City time and money.
For more about behavioral science and how it’s being applied in governments around the world, please visit our Resources page.
- City of Philadelphia - Kenney Administration Launches GovLabPHL
- The Philadelphia Inquirer - City study: Scarier the better when it comes to collection notices
- CBS Philly - City Officials Turn To Behavioral Science To Improve Services
- Behavioral Scientist - Lessons from Building a Behavioral Science Initiative in City Government
- The Philadelphia Citizen - Marketing for Good
- The Philadelphia Inquirer - City turns to science to bolster some flagging programs
- Results for America - Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative Case Study
- Governing - A People-Centric Approach to Producing Impact for Low-Income Residents
- Governing - Philadelphia's Common Sense Approach to Helping the Working Poor