Research strategically focused on advancing the science of incentives

 Washington, DC (December 12, 2016):  The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) is pleased to announce its full schedule of monthly research releases for 2017. The research and analysis presented by the IRF in 2017 will address a wide range of issues and offer relevant information to a myriad of audiences. From long-range incentive industry trends to cutting-edge scientific analysis of human response to rewards, IRF’s research will highlight the power and changing design of incentive and motivational programs.

 “With the IRF’s research focused on advancing the science of incentives, we have an impactful year planned,” said Janet Traphagen, IRF Chair and President, Creative Group. “We look forward to releasing many of our reports at industry events, including Incentive Live in January, the MeetWell event in March, and the Reward and Recognition Expo in April. We are especially proud to introduce research at IRF’s 2017 events, the 24th Annual IRF Education Invitational in June and the new IRF Fall Forum in September.”

 The IRF will release the following research studies in 2017:


IRF 2017 Trends Study


IRF 2017 Pulse Study


Wellness in Meetings and Incentive Travel


The Practical Application of Behavioral Economics to Incentives and Recognition


The Extended Science of Behavioral Economics and its Application to Incentives and Recognition


Adjusting Perspectives Regarding Disruptions in Meetings and Incentives


Mitigating Risk in Modern Meetings and Incentives


10 Things Top-Performing Businesses Do Differently in Incentives and Reward Programs


Designing for Successes:  Effective Design Patterns for Employee, Sales, and Channel Programs


IRF 2018 Pulse Study


The Neuroscience of Noncash Awards


The Neuroscience Award Presentation

 “I’m proud that the IRF is meeting our mission with this robust research agenda,” Sandra Daniel, IRF Immediate Past Chair and President and CEO, FIRE Light Group. “As the organization continues to move forward with our Vision 2020, we see tremendous advances in the quantity, quality, and variety of our research.”

 “Thanks to the industry’s support of the IRF’s research, we have a tremendous research pipeline,” added Melissa VanDyke, IRF President. “Throughout 2016 and heading into 2017, the IRF has been working on 25 studies in various stages. I’m excited to see the impact this research will have on incentive rewards programs in businesses and industry in 2017.”

About the IRF:
The Incentive Research Foundation ( funds and promotes research to advance the science and enhance the awareness and appropriate application of motivation and incentives in business and industry globally. The goal is to increase the understanding, effective use and resultant benefits of incentives to businesses that currently use incentives and others interested in improved performance.

Andy Schwarz
IRF Media Relations