Review of evidence on the use of reward and recognition schemes in enhancing recycling and waste prevention behaviours

summary:

These are the reports from a research project of the same name conducted in 2011 on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).


Synthesis Report
This report moves towards an understanding of what makes an effective model for reward and recognition schemes intended to encourage household waste-related behaviour change by drawing on all three phases of the research. It draws out key practical implications for those involved in developing, delivery or implementation of waste-related reward and recognition schemes.

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Phase 1 Report: Scoping review of evidence on the use of reward and recognition schemes in enhancing recycling and waste prevention behaviours
This report would be of most use for those interested in the detail of the evidence available specifically related to waste-related behaviours. It presents the findings from the Phase 1 of the project - a scoping literature review - which identified and synthesised existing evidence on the role of reward and recognition schemes in changing household waste behaviours.

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Phase 2 Report: Scoping review of evidence on the use of reward and recognition schemes in enhancing non-waste behaviours
This report, on the evidence from a literature with widened scope, would be of most use to those interested in the wider evidence about the effectiveness of reward and recognition schemes in changing behaviour. There is a brief summary of cross-cutting findings, drawing out lessons applicable to household waste-related behaviour change. The main body of the report consists of a series of mini-reviews summarising the evidence identified in each behavioural area, which were: health, education, volunteering and sustainable use of: food, water, transport and energy, volunteering.

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Phase 3 Report: Case studies and focus groups exploring waste-related reward and recognition schemes
This report would be of most use for those looking for descriptions and participant experiences of real-world reward and recognition schemes to understand strengths and weaknesses of potential models. Five case studies were developed, complemented by focus groups involving participants of some of the case study schemes.

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Technical annex
Provides detailed method and includes materials relevant to the context or delivery of the project which would be required to repeat the approaches used, but which are too lengthy or detailed for inclusion in the main reports, for example, the scoping review search strategies and focus group topic guide.

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Synthesis report citation:

Bell, S., McGeevor, K., Mocca, E. and Shaw, B., (2013) ‘Synthesis Report: Review of evidence on the use of reward and recognition schemes in enhancing recycling and waste prevention behaviours (EV0528)’ Policy Studies Institute. Defra, London.