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- 4th Sep 2017
When's the right time to get people giving?
A lot of the behavioural biases that prevent us from achieving our goals have to do with time. We lament not having enough time to get everything done, and then spend hours binge-watching cooking shows. We all have that important task - like applying to university, or filling in our…
- 13th Sep 2017
Britain's census matters. Can we boost participation and save money?
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) plays a vital role in British life. Without ONS statistics, government and local authorities would not be able to calculate or understand inflation, immigration, or employment reliably, nor could government design and implement effective policies to manage those issues. Statistics determine how public funds…
- 26th Oct 2017
Test+Build for Charities: a new tool to support volunteering and fundraising
It’s been three months since we launched Test+Build, our venture that helps organisations design their own interventions informed by behavioural science and then test them with a randomised controlled trial. We’re currently working with 5 organisations on issues such as tax compliance to get trials up and running. Now we’re…
- 15th Mar 2018
Charities and Public Trust
A few weeks ago, Oxfam’s CEO testified to Parliament that 7,000 people had cancelled their direct debit donations since the Times broke a story on the 9th of February about improprieties by the charity’s employees in Haiti in 2010. As Daniel Fluskey from the Institute of Fundraising pointed out when…
- 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…
- 23rd May 2019
Using small changes to tackle loneliness
Last week, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration published a new report, written in conjunction with The Challenge. It includes ideas to bring people together and reduce loneliness, such as using public transport as a place to spark conversation and connections, encouraging the development of intergenerational care homes,…
- 26th Jun 2019
We asked our colleagues to talk to strangers - this is what happened
Could we encourage our co-workers to strike up new social connections on their way into the office?
- 3rd Mar 2020
R&D in the Third Sector
At BIT we’ve been doing a growing amount of work in recent years to support third sector organisations and funders to develop their programmes, particularly in the fields of social action and social capital. This often involves helping organisations to develop theories of change and do robust evaluations. In the…