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  • 30th Oct 2014

Harvard conference

On the 21 and 22 October, Harvard’s Behavioural Insights Group hosted a two day conference on "Lessons from the front lines of global policy". The event, which was funded through the joint BIT/BIG Sloan Foundation grant, featured talks from leading Harvard Academics and practitioners from around the world. Highlights of…

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  • 19th Nov 2014

BIT at the World Economic Forum

Our CEO, David Halpern, spent last week at the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum now has a Council focused on behaviour, chaired by David and Eldar Shafir (a Princeton professor and co-author of the recent book Scarcity). David sent back this blog post:Going to Dubai last week was…

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  • 26th Nov 2014

What Works? The UK’s new What Works centres show results at first public presentation

Yesterday saw the publication of a collection of early conclusions from the What Works Network - the family of institutions created to put evidence in the hands of commissioners and professionals. Even if you hadn’t heard of the What Works centres before, you’ll soon start to see their influence in…

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  • 28th Nov 2014

BIT Policy School: How to Build Capabilities in Public Service, Drawing on Behavioural Insights

Last week, we completed another BIT Policy School. Based on a concept that our Managing Director, Owain Service, devised with Cabinet Office colleagues when BIT was still part of the government, BIT Policy School isn't a normal training course.It's an intensive, 3 day programme that takes participants through a real…

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  • 1st Dec 2014

BIT is recruiting

The Behavioural Insights Team is recruiting again. We have job openings at various different levels, including Principal Advisors, Senior Advisors and Advisors. The Behavioural Insights Team brings people together with different skills sets. So we are looking for candidates who have in-depth experience in one of several relevant fields, who…

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  • 8th Dec 2014

World Bank publishes landmark report on Mind, Society and behaviour

The 2015 World Development Report was launched last week by the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and our own CEO, Dr David Halpern (see the video of the launch here). David sent back this blog from Washington: The subject of the 2015 World Development Report is behavioural…

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  • 10th Dec 2014

Redesigning hospital prescription charts to reduce prescribing errors

Research supported by the Behavioural Insights Team has demonstrated how prescribing behaviour can be significantly improved by making simple changes to prescription charts used in NHS hospitals. Below is a guest blog, written by Dom King, a good friend of BIT, co-author of MINDSPACE and the lead researcher on this…

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  • 22nd Dec 2014

Results from BIT tax trial in Guatemala

You might remember reading a blog post back in May that announced the launch of our first randomised controlled trials in Latin America, in partnership with the World Bank. We now have results. The trial tested redesigned reminder letters to Guatemalan taxpayers who had failed to declare their income tax…

Also available in: Español

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  • 22nd Dec 2014

Results from BIT tax trial in Guatemala

Quizás recuerde haber leído una publicación en mayo que anunciaba el lanzamiento de nuestros primeros ensayos controlados aleatorios en América Latina, en asociación con el Banco Mundial. Ahora tenemos resultados. El ensayo probó cartas recordatorias rediseñadas para los contribuyentes guatemaltecos que no habían declarado su impuesto sobre la renta a…

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  • 23rd Dec 2014

Is Christmas ever good for your health?

Most people are not expecting to get healthier over the festive period, with Christmas parties, Christmas lunch and New Years’ parties serving to prepare us for an inevitable January of diets and new gym memberships. New research, however, suggests that Christmas may be better for your physical health than you…