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  • 22nd Sep 2014

Adult educators comes together to celebrate launch of the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge (ASK)

The Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge, or ASK for short, was officially opened on 17 September. The research centre is focused on using behavioural science to help tackle adult numeracy and literacy. Adults who lack literacy and numeracy skills tend to be less productive at work, earn…

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  • 7th Oct 2014

Behavioural Exchange 2015 (BX2015)

On 2 and 3 September 2015, the Behavioural Insights Team will host the largest gathering of the world’s greatest behavioural scientists and policy practitioners.There will be space for some 500 delegates over two days, with sessions that combine the latest academic findings with real-world results from projects being undertaken by…

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  • 13th Oct 2014

Lunch with Walter

Walter Mischel, author of one of the most famous psych experiments of all time – the ‘marshmallow test’ of self-control – and with a wonderful new book summarising his work, dropped into BIT for lunch on Friday.Walter’s work showed that the child who ate the treat, instead of waiting a…

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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…