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  • 19th Feb 2021

Crime - a behavioural perspective part 1: A £60 billion policy question

I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who. - Rudyard Kipling (1902), Just So Stories A brutal murder, an ingenious bank robbery, the latest Scandi crime thriller - few things capture our imagination…

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  • 18th Feb 2021

Helping local economies rebuild after COVID-19 - collecting evidence on what works

Before the pandemic the UK had some of the highest levels of regional inequality in the developed world. The coronavirus pandemic  has exacerbated existing differences, for example unemployment has risen four times as much in Blackpool as in Cambridge. Manchester (where BIT North is based, and I live) has been…

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  • 10th Feb 2021

Seeing is believing, even through a screen.

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science it is worth remembering that ‘seeing is believing’ - a principle Iris Bohnet highlights in her book What Works: Gender Equality by Design. When we have a preconceived idea that a career is dominated by men, seeing a real-world example…

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  • 5th Feb 2021

Can ‘rules of thumb’ training for principals improve Guatemalan schools?

In 2018, we visited high schools across Guatemala with our excellent partners in the Guatemalan Ministry of Education (MINEDUC). We were trying to understand why only 32% of high-school students pass the national standardised exam in reading comprehension and only 10% pass the exam in Maths. Here's what we found.

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  • 29th Jan 2021

Changing Truck Driving Behavior One Mile at a Time

The Behavioral Insights Team recently partnered with LinkeDrive – an industry leader in truck driver performance management – to identify ways to use behavioral insights to help truck drivers drive more safely and fuel-efficiently, while also improving drivers’ experience on the road.

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  • 28th Jan 2021

Going local with the COVID-19 vaccine

While national campaigns for the COVID-19 vaccine often focus on encouraging uptake across broad and easy to reach segments of the population, Local Authorities are often responsible for 'last mile' work ensuring that messages reach those who are digitally excluded, those who don’t speak English or those who might be…

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  • 27th Jan 2021

Skills for jobs

In 2020, the redundancy rate in the UK reached a record high, with low skilled workers, women, and young people among the worst affected. The pandemic has revealed fault lines in economic inequalities and investment in skills and lifelong learning is key to addressing this issue. That is why we…

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  • 20th Jan 2021

Making gambling safer: deposit limit tools and the anchoring effect

The Behavioural Insights Team has today launched its new report on how to improve the industry-standard safer gambling tools that are designed to help people control how much they spend. We found that people who gamble reduce their spending limits by almost half once industry-set options are removed from view.…

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  • 12th Jan 2021

What schools and colleges can do for their students’ mental wellbeing during the pandemic

With time and resources stretched, and a new lockdown moving us back to remote learning, what can schools and colleges actually do to support student wellbeing? Over the past six months, we’ve teamed up with the Sixth Form Colleges Association to answer this question. Our new guide for mental wellbeing in…

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  • 11th Jan 2021

Holding up our (behavioural) guard long enough for the vaccine to take hold

CEO David Halpern takes a look at who is willing to get the COVID-19 vaccines and what we can do to encourage their uptake.