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  • 30th Jan 2015

The Global Spread of Behavioural Insights: Conditions for Success of a Central Unit

Last Friday, our CEO (David Halpern) and Managing Director (Owain Service) attended a big OECD conference on the use of behavioural insights in policy. David co-chaired the event, and Owain led a session on mainstreaming behavioural insights in to government institutions.With delegations flying in from across the globe, it was…

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  • 12th Feb 2015

Behavioural Insights for Valentine’s Day

At BIT we believe that "We all need someone to love us the whole day through" and so, for the romantically inclined, we share our hints and tips to make the most of this Valentine’s Day:"I Love all of your perfect imperfections": After making a blunder, a respected person will…

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  • 17th Feb 2015

Behavioural Exchange 2015, hosted by the Behavioural Insights Team

Join us and 700 other behavioural insights practitioners and academics at the second annual Behavioural Exchange (BX2015), a behavioural science conference taking place in London on the 2nd and 3rd September 2015. To purchase tickets, click here.BX2015 builds on the success of last year's conference in Sydney. We've assembled a…

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  • 17th Mar 2015

Does treating people like adults really mean giving them more options?

People are generally the best judges of their own preferences, and know the most about their own context. Further, autonomous choice is an important aspect of intrinsic motivation (1). Where people feel they have a choice, they are more likely to act, and more likely to have or develop an…

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  • 20th Apr 2015

BIT to partner with US cities through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative

New partnership will help to launch US operations for BIT The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has entered into a three-year partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies on its new What Works Cities initiative. The $42 million project endeavors to build on existing innovation at the city-level by helping mayors and local leaders…

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  • 12th May 2015

BIT launch BX2015 Awards: celebrating the achievements of behavioural science scholars and practitioners

The Behavioural Insights Team is pleased to announce a call for submissions to the BX2015 Awards, to be presented at the BX2015 conference in September. The last ten years have seen tremendous growth in the scope, ambition and achievements of the behavioural sciences, bringing growing recognition and application to policy.…

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  • 2nd Jun 2015

"Powered to Detect Small Effect Sizes": You keep saying that. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Last month Aisling Ni Chonaire and I published a new Working Paper through the The Centre for Market and Public Organisation research centre. The paper explores how researchers can choose a sample size large enough to detect an effect in a randomised control trial, but small enough to make the…

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  • 10th Jun 2015

BX2015 Awards deadline is this Sunday – don’t miss the chance to celebrate your work in behavioural science

The BX2015 Awards submissions deadline is fast approaching – applications must be with us by this Sunday, 14th June, at 11pm London time. The awards will be presented at the BX2015 conference in September, and the winners will be invited to present their work at the conference among leading thinkers…

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  • 22nd Jul 2015

Matthew Hancock MP announced to open BX2015

We are delighted to announce special guest Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General, will be opening BX2015, the behavioural science conference taking place in London on the 2nd and 3rd September 2015. With over 70 speakers confirmed, the focus of BX2015 will be to learn…

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  • 23rd Jul 2015

Behavioural Insights Team publishes Update 2013-2015

Today we are publishing our Update Report, which covers the last two years of the Behavioural Insights Team’s work. You can view the full report here. The report contains many new results, including: Raising the pass rate for ethnic minority applicants to the police on a key exam from 40…