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Tested Interventions
Untested Interventions

The Prosocial Design Library

About the Library

The Prosocial Design Library is a pattern library of evidence-based design interventions, which designers may use in their products to improve the quality of their users’ interactions with one another.

What Are Interventions?

Interventions are specific user experience design elements for digital platforms, which produce—or could produce—a quantifiable prosocial outcome in controlled experiments.

Examples of prosocial outcomes could include:

Less Dysfunction

Reductions in online trolling, bias, harassment, cyberbulling, and cyberhate

More Dignity

Increased feelings of safety, recognition, inclusion, and acceptance, for users hailing from real-life, marginalized communities

More Understanding

Disagreements become more productive. Regardless of outcome, parties exit disagreements feeling as though their dignity was left intact

What are tested interventions?

Tested Interventions are interventions that the Prosocial Design Network has deemed to work, based on published and preprinted experiments.

Each tested intervention is given an evidence-grade based on the quality and quantity of the research supporting it.

From high to low, those evidence-grades are: Convincing, Likely, Possible, and Tentative.

What are Untested interventions?

Untested Interventions lack testing. However, they are included due to being: analogous to offline interventions, used in a product for prosocial aims, or otherwise having expert endorsement for prosocial outcomes.

However, as these all lack quantitative data to support them, they share the same, unique evidence grade of Untested.

What Are These Different Categories?

For ease of navigation, along with being sorted by Tested or Untested, each card belongs to one of the follow four classes of intervention:

Dispel rumors

The Dispel Rumors classification covers interventions that stop the spread of misinformation or disinformation.

'Fake News' created by Nithinan Tatah, TH, from the Noun Project

Empower connection

The Empower Connection classification includes interventions that both help people reach consensus and convey emotions more constructively.

'Empathy' icons created by Eucalyp from the Noun Project'

Stop hate & bullying

The Stop Hate & Bullying classification covers interventions that both anticipate and prevent expressions of, and incitements to, hatred and harrassment.

'Stop Bullying' icon created by Eucalyp from the Noun Project

evoke user's visibility

The Evoke User's Visibility classification addresses interventions that either remind users that they are part of a community; that they are being seen and heard, often by a larger audience than they realize; or that they are an individual human being, capable of making their own choices.

'Self Reflection' created by dDhara from the Noun Project

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