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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…

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  • 24th Jul 2015

Promoting diversity in the Police

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our recent trials. This first post is dedicated to an emerging area of focus for BIT: home affairs and justice. We occasionally get a result that even we are stunned by. One of these, picked up in the media…

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  • 28th Jul 2015

Reducing college dropouts

In the last chapter of his latest book Misbehaving, Richard Thaler writes that education is an area ripe for the application of behavioural science and is already a “good example of a domain where field experiments run by economists are having an impact”. Like Richard, the BIT is excited by…

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  • 31st Jul 2015

Improving outcomes for young people in Somerset

Today we are publishing our latest report which applies behavioural insights to schools in Somerset. This report is the culmination of a year of work conducted jointly with the Somerset Challenge, a collection of secondary schools in Somerset who are working together to improve outcomes for young people in the…

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  • 4th Aug 2015

Reducing errors in medical decision-making

“Sarah, can you hear me?” The patient lies on the trolley, silent and grey. The doctor bends over her with growing concern. Now he feels no pulse, no breathing – and a once innocuous situation has slipped into crisis. Professional instinct takes over: with a pull of a lever, the…

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  • 7th Aug 2015

"You have been selected": Driving uptake of Government schemes

In 2013 and 2014 BIT worked with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to design, launch and run the Growth Vouchers programme.  After the scheme had launched the number of applications was lower than hoped. This is not an uncommon occurrence with Government schemes - lots of time and…

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  • 11th Aug 2015

Behavioural Insights: The Next Generation

Junior academics and practitioners in the field of behavioural science are incredibly fortunate to benefit from the pioneering work of academics such as Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky, Cass Sunstein, Richard Thaler, Carol Dweck, Max Bazerman and Iris Bohnet, to name but a few. The work that these eminent figures have…

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  • 14th Aug 2015

Encouraging charitable giving

In our Update Report, we reported a few new results in the area of charitable giving. Perhaps the most striking of these is the finding of our first “Network Nudge” experiment. In this experiment, we worked with an investment bank to encourage their staff to donate to charity. Instead of…