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  • Blog
  • 4th Feb 2014

The Behavioural Insights Team – a social purpose company

After three and a half years in Number 10 and the Cabinet Office, today the Behavioural Insights Team is being 'spun out' of government and set up as a social purpose company. We will continue to work for the Cabinet Office, which will be our first and principal client. But…

  • Blog
  • 23rd Jul 2015

Behavioural Insights Team publishes Update 2013-2015

Today we are publishing our Update Report, which covers the last two years of the Behavioural Insights Team’s work. You can view the full report here. The report contains many new results, including: Raising the pass rate for ethnic minority applicants to the police on a key exam from 40…

  • Blog
  • 10th Nov 2015

Automatic Enrolment and Pensions: a behavioural success story

Last week, the National Audit Office (the Government’s financial watchdog) published a report on a major government programme. If its subject had been a programme with a big overspend or a lengthy delay, it might have got a lot of attention. But this report got next to no pick up in the…

  • Blog
  • 2nd Mar 2016

Tax lotteries and Behavioural Insights in Europe

Last week, the European Commission published a report on the growing uptake of behavioural insights across the governments of Europe. You can read the report here. One of the most interesting parts of the paper is on the growing use of tax lotteries in European countries. Lotteries or prize draws…

  • Blog
  • 18th Mar 2016

Sugar tax: how will it affect behaviour?

One of the most striking announcements in this week’s UK budget was the introduction of a new ‘soft drinks levy’ (quickly dubbed the sugar tax), which will come into force in 2018. New taxes aren’t usually associated with the Behavioural Insights Team - partly because BIT’s preference is to find…

  • Blog
  • 19th Aug 2016

Applying behavioural insights to the Rio Olympics

With the Rio Olympics drawing to a close, we’ve taken some time to reflect on the behavioural insights that could be applied to this year’s games. What it means to an athlete to win a gold, silver or bronze medal; what factors might lead to a win; and the small…

  • Blog
  • 15th Sep 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team’s Update Report: 2015-16

Today we are publishing the latest in a series of annual Update Reports. It’s a proud moment for the team – and for the hundreds of government officials, funders, academics, clinicians, police officers, teachers and other practitioners we’ve worked with over the past year – giving us a chance to…

  • Blog
  • 8th Nov 2016

Policymaking: should we be 'messier'?

Last week, we were lucky enough to be joined by the FT’s Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, who came to talk to us about his excellent new book Messy. The central premise of the book is that we often succumb to the temptation of a tidy-minded approach to getting something done,…

  • Blog
  • 21st Feb 2017

Applied: BIT's first behavioural product

When the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) was established back in 2010, we often concluded that the solution to a problem faced by government wasn’t always a new policy or intervention. It was a tool - like a new website, app, or even physical product - that individuals or organisations could…

  • Blog
  • 6th Apr 2017

Think Small to Reach Big: a new book by Owain Service & Rory Gallagher

The Behavioural Insights Team was created to help apply a more nuanced understanding of human behaviour to government policy, and to spread the understanding of behavioural science. Governments across the globe are now using behavioural insights to make better policy. But from the outset, we found that there has been…