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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

Social psychological interventions are often easy and inexpensive to implement, and yet make big changes in people’s behavior. The SPARQ Solutions Catalog is designed to help policymakers, educators, nonprofit leaders, and other practitioners quickly learn about these interventions so that they may consider applying them in their own work. Search our growing catalog for solutions to problems in:

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Problem

Students who are the first in their families to attend college struggle to keep up with their classmates from college-going families.

Solution

Acknowledging first-generation college students’ unique needs and empowering them to take advantage of university resources helps them adjust to college and earn better grades...

Problem

More than one-third of American kids are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  Junk food drives part of this obesity epidemic.

Solution

Storybooks that teach kids why they need different nutrients lead them to choose healthier snacks. 

Problem

More than 1 in 3 Americans have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Solution

Pointing out people’s hypocrisy causes them to practice safer sex.

Problem

It's hard to change people's behavior.

Solution

Changing the behaviors of an entire group of people can be easier than changing just one person at a time...

Problem

College students often earn mediocre grades.

Solution

Helping college students understand that intelligence is a skill they can develop over time, rather than a talent they were born with, causes their GPAs to rise...

Problem

Prejudice and discrimination make life hard for many people around the world.

Solution

Showing that other groups are made up of diverse individuals reduces prejudice and discrimination.... 

Problem

Even during droughts, many Americans guzzle water. In dry California, for example, some cities use more than four times as many gallons of water than do their neighbors. 

Solution

Discovering they are hypocrites prompts people to turn off the tap...

Problem

African-American students tend to receive lower grades, partly because they distrust school and their teachers.

Solution

When teachers tell African-American students, “I have high standards, and I know you can meet them,” they build their students’ trust and help them excel...

Problem

In math and science, women and girls trail behind their male peers. 

Solution

Teaching girls that intelligence is a skill they can develop over time, rather than a trait they are born with, helps them earn higher grades in math...

Problem

Teens are notoriously intolerant of people who do not think, act, or look like them.

Solution

When just one teen stands up to prejudice, his or her peers often follow suit…

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