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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

Search SPARQ's practitioner-focused database of tested interventions for social problems. You can also add to the catalog yourself.

Problem

The leading causes of death for adolescents in the United States are alcohol use and alcohol-related events.

Solution

Showing students that many of their peers are uncomfortable with alcohol reduces drinking.

Problem

Obesity causes 300,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health

Solution

When people use smaller dinnerware (plates, bowls, cutlery, etc.), they eat less.

Problem

Using too much energy hurts the environment.

Solution

Including smiley and frowny face emoticons in people’s energy bills can lead entire neighborhoods to use less energy.

Problem

People’s desire to see themselves in the best light prevents them from accurately perceiving risks to their health. 

Solution

Reassuring people that they are good helps them accept negative information about their health.  

RESEARCH CLINICS

Meetings with practitioners to share problems and solutions

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed thousands of lives. In response, We Own TV, an NGO that trains people in Sierra Leone to create media, has launched a "Fighting Ebola with Film" series.

Special Projects

Partnerships to create, test, and deploy social psych innovations

Monday, December 15, 2014
Fruits and Veggies
The United States ranks #1 in the world in per capita health care spending, but ranks in the bottom half of wealthy nations in life expectancy, infant mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, obesity, and diabetes. Low-income and ethnic minority Americans bear a disproportionate amount of this disease burden. With a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SPARQ is exploring an under-examined source of health disparities...

Advanced Training

Learning opportunities that bridge theory and practice

Sunday, September 1, 2013

SPARQ trains scholars to bridge theory and practice to solve social problems. Learn more about our fellows here.