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  • 22nd Oct 2020

Reducing antibiotic overuse without worsening health inequities

COVID-19 has drawn the world’s attention, however, AMR was named as one of the top ten threats to global health by the World Health Organisation in 2019. The problem of AMR is not going away and urgent action is needed, with a recent report warning that 10 million people could…

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  • 15th Oct 2020

Piloting and prototyping new handwashing stations in Bangladesh

We recently took to the field in Bangladesh where we are running a project with international development organisations BRAC and BIGD to reduce coronavirus transmission. Here, we’re installing 1,000 public handwashing stations at busy locations such as outside mosques, markets, schools and bus stands, to improve access to hygiene facilities…

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  • 13th Oct 2020

How can we support physical distancing in the office?

To understand how to best support physical distancing in workplaces, we partnered with a large Australian bank and Professor Robert Slonim to undertake some rapid research. This formed part of a broader objective for the bank to become a COVID-safe workplace, and to find creative ways to help their employees…

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  • 9th Oct 2020

Nudging to boost volunteer sign-ups during the coronavirus crisis

BIT and the Local Government Association (LGA) partnered with North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) to encourage good deeds and maintain altruistic behaviours throughout the crisis. We developed a set of messages designed to encourage volunteering behaviours. To maximise the impact of these messages we incorporated several behavioural insights or nudges…

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  • 23rd Sep 2020

Nudging young people to engage with pensions

BIT partnered with Scottish Widows to conduct an online experiment with 2,800 young people in the UK on BIT’s Predictiv platform. The experiment aimed to measure how they would view pension contributions depending on different types of communication frames, as well as map out young peoples’ understanding of and attitudes…

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  • 3rd Sep 2020

How can we prepare young people for the future of work?

COVID-19 has had profound impacts on the way societies function, including the nature of work. Young people are particularly affected, with youth unemployment in Australia at the highest it’s been in 22 years. To address this crisis, young people need to be adaptable and demonstrate a broader range of skills…

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  • 28th Aug 2020

From a workshop to farms: reducing bovine tuberculosis in Argentina

Bovine tuberculosis results in a $7 million annual loss for Argentinian farmers, forces the country to throw away 19,000 kilos of meat every day and could have detrimental public health implications if not well managed. Here is how BIT applied behavioural science to tackle this challenging problem.

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  • 28th Aug 2020

Ciencias del comportamiento en los campos ganaderos de Argentina: reduciendo la tuberculosis bovina

¿Podrán poner en práctica lo que estamos dictando en este curso o sus apuntes terminarán en el fondo de un cajón? Si alguna vez tuviste que facilitar un taller o una capacitación seguramente esta pregunta te resulte familiar.  Motivados por nuestra misión de capacitar a nuestros aliados, BIT ha facilitado…

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  • 12th Aug 2020

Sending money home: Remitting to the Pacific Islands

Last week it was announced that up to 170 people from Vanuatu can soon leave their families and come to work in Australia on farms. The program is a trial resumption of one of Australia and New Zealand’s seasonal labour mobility schemes. The schemes are mutually beneficial: farms in Australia…

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  • 7th Aug 2020

COVID-19 prevention: Too much information?

When communicating about coronavirus, policymakers face a delicate balancing act: sharing enough information that people know what to do, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming. How much information is too much?  To answer this question we ran a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in Bangladesh on good handwashing technique,…