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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

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

Problem

Most eligible American voters don’t vote in most elections. 

Solution

Messages about “being a voter,” rather than just “voting,” increase registration and turnout in state and national elections...

Woman writing

Problem

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. 

Solution

Writing about what’s really important in life can help people shed the pounds...

Sad looking boy

Problem

Each year in the United States, some 700,000 children are abused and neglected, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many of these children will grow up to have poorer health, lower incomes, and worse jobs than their peers who were not abused and neglected. 

Solution

Training parents to interpret childrearing challenges as problems they can solve, rather than as evidence that they or their children are bad people, reduces child abuse...

Letter that reads: "Dear john, It has been some time since you were here at the hospital, and we hope...

Problem

Suicide is a leading cause of death, and it is notoriously difficult to prevent.

Solution

Regularly receiving letters from a caring person helps people at risk for committing suicide feel connected and stay alive...

African Tutsis sit

Problem

Nearly 20 years after war and genocide killed 75% of Rwandan Tutsis, the accused perpetrators and their survivors must now learn to live side by side.

Solution

A radio soap opera that shows people how to speak out against corrupt leaders and reconnect with their neighbors helps communities heal after genocide... 

When you care it shows. We are committed to energy and resource conservation. An an effort to conserve thousands of gallons of water each day, we will be changing your linens every third day and at check-out. If you would like your sheets changed daily, simply place this card on your pillow.

Problem

Small acts like reusing a hotel towel can save thousands of gallons of water, detergent, and oil every day. But most hotel guests use their towels only once before having it washed. 

Solution

A simple message that appeals to our desire to fit in with people like us - that is, to follow local social norms - moves hotel guests to reuse their towels...

Students studying

Problem

American schools do not produce enough scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to meet the needs of 21st century workplaces. 

Solution

With a little guidance, parents can increase how many advanced math and science classes their teenagers take...

couple argues

Problem

People usually become less satisfied with their marriages over time. And the unhappier the marriage, the unhealthier the spouses.

Solution

When spouses imagine what a neutral third party would think during their fights, they protect their love and commitment...

African American students in class

Problem

Students of color lag behind their European-American counterparts at every level of education.

Solution

Writing about a personal value for just 15 minutes at the beginning of the semester elevates African-Americans' grades, closing the gap between European-American and African-American students by 40 percent.

Screenshot from Facebook: Find your polling place on the US Politics Page and click the "I Voted" button to tell your friends you voted

Problem

Many Americans don't vote. 

Solution

Online social networks like Facebook can easily and cheaply send thousands of people to the voting booth....

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