Behavioural science interventions within the development and environmental fields in developing countries: A systematic review

John Ategeka, Samantha Booth, Romina Cavatassi, Benjamin Curtis, Viviane Filippi, Deborah Sun Kim, Yeonji Kim, Laurenz Langer, Caitlin Blaser Mapitsa, Elangtlhoko Mokgano, Promise Nduku, Martin Prowse, Jyotsna Puri, Jamie Robertsen

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The objective of this systematic review (SR) is to identify, assess and synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of feedback, reminders, salience (communication), salience (experience design), and goal-setting interventions conducted in developing countries on environmental/climate and development outcomes. We conducted 12 meta-analyses. The most effective intervention type is feedback, particularly in relation to electricity and water consumption. We identified an overall pooled effect estimate of 0.26 (CI: 0.13 to 0.39). A similar pattern emerges for reminders, specifically on acquisition of knowledge, where we identify an overall pooled effect estimate of 0.87 (CI: 0.34 to 1.41). We find no significant effects on goal-setting interventions based on a limited number of meta-analyses. For salience (experience design) and salience (communication) interventions identified in this SR, the heterogeneity in interventions and outcomes does not allow for a meta-analysis and rigorous synthesis of effects. The SR aims to facilitate the use of evidence in informing policy and practice decisions within the environmental/climate and development fields, particularly in the GCF and IFAD
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGreen Climate Fund Independent Evaluation Unit
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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