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  • 11th Feb 2014

Joint incentives vs individual incentives

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know that we like to highlight interesting new findings that we come across in the growing behavioural science literature.This time, we have chosen a field experiment conducted in Uruguay, which tests the impact of group incentives, or…

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  • 20th Mar 2014

Well-being and policy

In Berlin for release of the Gus O’Donnell report on Wellbeing and Policy, due for publication in London tomorrow. Gus, the former Cabinet Secretary to three Prime Ministers, took on the Commission both at the encouragement of the current PM (speech) but also because of Gus’s own passionate interest in…

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  • 28th Mar 2014

Tim Harford on behavioural economics in public policy

Last weekend, Tim Harford published this article in the Financial Times on the use of behavioural economics in public policy.Using our recent organ donation trial as an example – where we tested eight variants of a similar message to find out which was most effective at increasing the sign-up rate…

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  • 8th Apr 2014

BIT and BIS launch The Behavioural Insights Research Centre for English and Maths

We are delighted to announce that the Behavioural Insights Team and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills are setting up a new research centre. The Centre will develop and test interventions informed by behavioural science that can help improve adult literacy and numeracy and be scaled up by UK…

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  • 9th Apr 2014

We are recruiting for the Behavioural Insights Research Centre for English and Maths (BIRCEM)

We are now recruiting Senior Advisors for the Behavioural Insights Research Centre for English and Maths (BIRCEM). We are looking for exceptional candidates with relevant academic expertise and a proven track record of delivering research projects (particularly Randomised Controlled Trials) involving multiple stakeholders. We are especially keen to receive applications…

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  • 9th Apr 2014

How many police officers are in France?

Last week, we ran a small randomised trial at one of our presentations, which we delivered to a small group of civil servants. Included in the presentation were a series of games to demonstrate some well documented behavioural science effects. The first of these games was a straightforward demonstration of…

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  • 10th Apr 2014

Behavioural Insights Team publishes EAST – a new Framework for applying behavioural insights

The Behavioural Insights Team has published a new framework for applying behavioural insights to policy. It’s called EAST: four simple ways to apply behavioural insights.EAST is an acronym which stands for ‘Easy’, ‘Attractive’, ‘Social’ and ‘Timely’. EAST draws on decades of academic literature and the experiences of the team in…

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  • 14th Apr 2014

Behavioural Exchange 2014

In June 2014 our CEO, Dr David Halpern, will be heading to Sydney to speak at Behavioural Exchange 2014, the world’s first public policy behavioural insights conference. Since November 2012, Dr Rory Gallagher - our Managing Advisor & Director of International Programmes - has been based in Sydney, working with…

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  • 15th May 2014

Behavioural Insights Team charity work wins award

The Behavioural Insights Team project on legacy giving, reported in our report "Applying Behavioural Insights to Charitable Giving", has won a Third Sector Business Charity Award for Charity Partnerships. As part of our collaboration with Remember a Charity, Co-Operative Legal Services and the University of Bristol, customers of CLS were…

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  • 29th May 2014

BIT first trial in Latin America goes live!

As part of a new partnership with the World Bank, we launched our first trial in Latin America this week.Working closely with the Guatemalan tax authority - Superintendencia Administracion Tributaria (SAT) - our Head of International Development, Simon Ruda, and Assistant Advisor Stewart Kettle spent time in Guatemala setting up…