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  • Blog
  • 31st Mar 2020

Young men are hardest to engage on coronavirus guidance

As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread around the world, so too does advisory content and media regarding its dangers. With over 700,000 confirmed cases and 35,000 deaths recorded across 177 countries and regions, governments, public health organisations, and research groups worldwide have been publishing posters, digital media, infographics,…

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  • 23rd Mar 2020

Bright infographics & minimal text make handwashing posters most effective - result from an online experiment

Many governments and health authorities have already created posters and infographics to encourage people to thoroughly wash their hands. We decided to test some of these in order to identify which were most effective.

  • Blog
  • 10th Jan 2020

How government can predict the future

Fresh from its election victory in December, the UK government has put civil service reform high on the agenda. Writing in the Telegraph last week, Rachel Wolf, one of the authors of the Conservative Party election manifesto, added ‘superforecasting’ to her wishlist for civil servant training. We agree that this…

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  • 10th Oct 2018

Data sharing and the importance of choice architecture in healthcare: new results

GDPR has made us all more aware of how our personal data is shared and collected. But how much do we understand the data sharing choices presented to us? It’s a question especially relevant in the context of the UK National Health Service, which collects and analyses a range of…

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  • 22nd Jun 2018

Policy tribes: How allegiances can harm policy making

This is the seventh blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. Why might members of one group involved in making policy reject the arguments coming from another group, even if they are good ones? This kind of “inter-group…

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  • 18th Jun 2018

Keeping your eye on the ball: a defense of self-control

We’re all excited to watch England kick off their World Cup campaign this evening against Tunisia. Like workplaces around the country, we will be getting together with a few drinks to celebrate England’s resurgence (...or perhaps distract us from something more underwhelming). Either way, we should all spare a thought…

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  • 14th Jun 2018

The illusion of similarity

This is the sixth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. The “illusion of similarity” is where policy makers have inaccurate assumptions about what people think or know, and inaccurate predictions about how people will act. This can…

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  • 8th Jun 2018

The problem with groups

This is the fifth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. Thomas Hobbes, in one of the first modern treatises on government, recognised that, in groups, advisers are ‘not moved by their own sense, but by the…

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  • 1st Jun 2018

What should government pay attention to?

This is the fourth blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. You might say - whatever the public cares about. The fact that people care about an issue is of course important in a democracy - no…

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  • 25th May 2018

How confirmation bias stops us solving problems

Even when people do get exposed to challenging information, confirmation bias can cause them to reject it and, perversely, become even more certain that their own beliefs are correct