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  • Blog
  • 10th Apr 2019

Reducing dropout at Sixth Form Colleges

Moving from one place to another is always stressful - whether that’s a new house, a new town, a new job, or a new educational institution. When we arrive in a new environment, especially one where we don’t know anyone, we cast around looking for clues about how to behave…

  • Blog
  • 1st Jan 2019

How to build stronger friendships in 2019

Still searching for a New Year's resolution?

  • Blog
  • 5th Nov 2018

Behavioural science and policy: where are we now and where are we going?

The use of behavioural science in policy has exploded since the publication of Nudge in 2008 and the creation of BIT in 2010. We were asked to reflect on the team’s work for a new issue of Behavioural Public Policy, and we decided to be open about some of the…

  • Blog
  • 3rd Oct 2018

Calling all employers looking to improve staff health & wellbeing

BIT is looking for a partner organisation to take part in a new cutting-edge research project designed to improve employee health and wellbeing. This project is part of BIT’s ongoing collaboration with UCL and is free for organisations to take part in. Our idea When considering contexts in which health…

  • Blog
  • 21st Sep 2018

Randomisation and the Avengers - a critique of Thanos' methodology

SPOILERS—Don't read this post if you haven't seen the latest Avengers film! Before Chadwick Boseman, before Chris Hemsworth - before even Robert Downey Junior, comic books and superheroes were the exclusive domain of nerds. In these dark days, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is everywhere, with millions of people now…

  • Blog
  • 5th Jul 2018

What do evidence and olives have in common?

People can learn in a number of ways - through direct instruction, such as early lessons from parents; through watching what other people do and learning from their actions; or through our own experiences and trial and error. Psychologists have long studied the way in which we learn from our…

  • Blog
  • 4th Jul 2018

Symbolic rewards, real benefits

Many foundational studies in behavioural economics showed that the relationship that people have with financial incentives or penalties isn’t quite what is predicted by the standard economic model. People value losses more than they value equivalently sized gains, disproportionately prefer today over tomorrow, and love large gambles while avoiding smaller…

  • Blog
  • 3rd Jul 2018

Antimicrobial Resistance and BI - What’s Next?

In their book “Super-bugs, the arms race against bacteria”, William Hall and colleagues highlight that an estimated 1.5 million deaths a year are attributable to drug resistant bugs caused by antimicrobial resistance (AMR). They describe AMR as “a truly global problem that has the potential to affect every person on…

  • Blog
  • 2nd Jul 2018

Apposite apologies

Sorry, as Elton John memorably (and Blue not so memorably) sang, seems to be the hardest word. People and organisations very often miss out on chances to make amends by refusing to apologise, or worse still, offering a “non-apology”- saying that they're sorry if people were offended, for example, instead…

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  • 27th Jun 2018

Using behavioural science to put charities on a surer footing

Although some recent controversies have cast the third sector in a poor light, the fact remains that Britain’s 170,000 charities are essential to providing both day to day support, and vital research funding, for worthy causes that millions of people care about. Despite this, and despite the fact that Britain…