IEU at 2023 UN Behavioural Science Week

12 June 2023

  • Event type External event
  • Participation
    Open to the public
  • Date 12 June 2023
  • Location Online

Using evidence from behavioural science for climate action

During the 2023 UN Behavioural Science week, the IEU, together with IFAD, will organize the session "Using evidence from behavioural science for climate action."

Event Information

Date: Monday 12 June 2023
Time: 5-6pm CEST 
Format: hyrbid 

Event Description

Behavioural science interventions offer promising opportunities to promote positive environmental and development outcomes. Yet rigorous empirical guidance is lacking in terms of which behavioural science tools most effectively support adaptation and emission reductions in developing countries. IFAD and GCF-IEU completed an interactive evidence gap map to provide an overview of the evidence base on the effectiveness of behavioural science interventions, covering 22 interventions and 84 studies. Our review also completed a systematic review covering 5 intervention types and 60 studies. This provides cautious evidence that interventions which deploy reminders and feedback are an effective behavioural approach to improving intermediate and final outcomes, respectively. 

This session will present findings and recommendations of research carried out on behavioural science interventions within the development and environmental fields in developing countries. This work includes an Approach Paper, a Systematic Review, an Evidence Gap Map and a Protocol for Systematic Reviews to identify, assess and synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of feedback, reminders, salience and goal setting interventions. 

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  • Opening Remarks
    Jyotsana Puri, Associate Vice-President Strategy and Knowledge Department, IFAD
  • Moderator
    Gladys H. Morales Guevara, Senior Officer, Change Dlivery and Innovation Unit, IFAD
  • Setting the Scene
    Andreas Reumann, Head, Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund
  • Discussion: "Evidence Gap Mapping" and "Systemic Review"
    Romina Cavatassi, Lead Economist Research and Impact Assessment Division, Strategy and Knowledge Department IFAD
    Martin Prowse, Evaluation Specialist, Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund
  • Round Table: "How should GCF-IFAD integrate BeSci in programming / projects + examples"
    Piyush Tantia, Chief Innovation Officer, Ideas42 
    Dr. Nathaniel Peterson, Vice President, Partnerships, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
    Katie Williamson, Manager, Rare
    Benjamin Curtis, Behavioural Scientist and Principal Consultant
  • Q&A
  • Closing Remarks
    Andreas Reuman, Head, Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund


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About the UN Behavioural Science Week

Coordinated by the UN Behavioural Science Group, the UN Behavioural Science Week brings together colleagues from 18 UN Entities to explore how the UN is applying behavioural science to progress on its mandates.