If you build it, will they come?


Most organizations who serve the poor know it isn't enough to build water treatment systems, hand out mosquito nets, or develop fortified crops. They also know that raising awareness and providing education isn't enough. What's needed is a reliable process for getting people to use (and keep using) these solutions.


GET SCHOOLKIDS TO Drink Treated water

GET FAMILIES TO Sleep under mosquito netS

GET FARMERS TO Plant an unfamiliar type of maize


real impact requires changing behaviors


We've honed a proven process from years of experience on behavior-change projects, and the great news is it can be learned. It draws from social marketing, human-centered design, and behavior-change communication. It's effective because it centers around a true understanding of the audience, before systematically applying behavioral science, social psychology, and various communications and design techniques to drive uptake of life-saving solutions.



4 steps to making solutions stick

1. Listen to communities

focus groups

home visits

2. Formulate a strategy

remove barriers
play to motivators
campaign planning

3. Inject creativity


4. Communicate effectively



The result? real measurable change, and more...


Appleseed's team of behavior-change  experts give remote support and go in-country to work alongside great organizations and provide coaching.

Just one project cycle brings many benefits for our partners:

  • New grant opportunities and increased funding
  • Appreciation from the communities they serve
  • Substantial impact and more lives changed
  • Increased capacity across the organization
  • Public recognition, awards, and fellowships
  • Improved standing with donors, peers, and recruits
  • Sustained boosts to morale and staff retention rates
  • A stronger foundation to build upon

Deadline for new partner applications for 2018: October 31, 2017

see our approach in action

Guatemalan children suffer the worst stunting rates in the Western Hemisphere, and it's especially evident in subsistence farming families, whose diets are entirely based around corn. Semilla Nueva is an NGO providing access to corn seeds biofortified with high-protein. Unfortunately farmers are very risk-averse. See how we've gotten them to not just plant this new corn, but love it.

In North Long Beach, California, child obesity rates are 10 times what they should be. The Growing Experience Urban Farm, located inside LA County's largest low-income housing development, provides residents with access to high quality vegetables at a low price. Yet hardly any of the produce was getting to the people... See what we've been doing to help the farm achieve its mission.

Many children of Taiwan's remote indigenous tribes are "left-behind" children, whose non-parent caretakers often provide inadequate nutritional care. Children often skip meals, and the result is they suffer from the double burden of malnutrition: many children are undernourished, and many are obese. See how our work is helping children in these villages skip fewer meals.