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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

The SPARQ Solutions Catalog helps practitioners apply social psychological insights to their work in:

Three people talking

Problem

People from different social groups tend to fear and mistrust one another.

Solution

Teaming up as equals and collaborating towards a common goal reduces prejudice between people with different backgrounds.

woman selecting veneers

Problem

Stereotypically "geeky" spaces discourage women from pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math.

Solution

A few changes in room decorations can help women feel like they belong in STEM.

Problem

Low-income students and students of color often earn worse grades than do wealthier and White students.

Solution

Plotting a path from who you are now to who you want to be in the future helps students identify with school and earn better grades.

couple holding hands

Problem

Negative emotions feed intolerance, which can harm relations between groups.

Solution

Taking a detached perspective dampens bad feelings and increases tolerance for the other side.

Women taking notes in a classroom

Problem

The stereotype that women are bad at science leads many of them to underperform in their courses.

Solution

A short writing task about treasured personal values deflects harmful stereotypes and helps women reach their full potential.

Several 100 Rupee bills laid on a table

Problem

Many sex workers in India enter the profession to avoid poverty but then are shunned from society and can’t access financial resources. 

Solution

Improving how sex workers think of their profession helps them plan for the future and save more.

Mixed-race women's volleyball team

Problem

People from different cultural groups often dislike and discriminate against one another.

Solution

When people from different social groups think of each other as belonging to one larger group, they like each other more.

Two people in suits riding up escalator

Problem

People sometimes lie to get ahead.

Solution

Adding moral quotes to e-mail signatures primes recipients to act more honestly.

Tip jar at a bar

Problem

Employees in the service industry often feel emotionally drained.

Solution

Emotional management techniques and diary-writing improve employee performance on the job and lead to better tips from customers.

Teacher sitting in front of classroom full of students

Problem

School suspensions set students up to enter the school-to-prison pipeline, leading to unemployment and incarceration later in life (Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology).

Solution

Taking an empathetic, rather than punitive, approach to classroom discipline reduces suspensions and improves student-teacher relationships. 

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