Which are the social programs that work? Take this quiz to find out.

August 23, 2016

The desire to do good for the less fortunate is always praiseworthy, but it's also easier said than accomplished. Large-scale attempts to help the needy — such as social programs and charitable interventions — are tricky, and backfire more often than you'd think.

 

To illustrate this point, we've created this free, short quiz, which asks you to guess whether 10 different social interventions had positive, negative, or neutral results, based on short descriptions. 

 

The interventions were taken from those reviewed by the Campbell Collaboration, which brings together all the highest-quality research that's available on major social interventions to decide whether they're effective or not. We chose the top ten interventions that were easiest to explain and had the clearest conclusions, so it's clear what the answers are. You'll be asked about the following interventions:

  • Drug courts

  • Second responder programs

  • Drug substitution programs

  • School-based social information processing

  • Preventative home visits for older adults

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction

  • Formal juvenile court processing

  • Correctional boot camps

  • Restorative justice conferencing

  • Scared Straight programs

 

The quiz has the following features:

  • Immediate feedback on every answer

  • Sources documenting each program's outcome

  • A scoring system so you can evaluate your instincts

  • A report detailing  your results versus the average user's

Try it out now to quickly learn about some effective social programs — and to find out whether you can distinguish them from their less useful cousins.

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