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  • Academic publication
  • 26th Feb 2016

Nudge: Recent developments in behavioural science and public policy

Dr Michael Hallsworth, Director of BIT North America and Michael Sanders former Head of Research and Evaluations at BIT, discuss the increasing popularity of behavioural science among policymakers and explore the reason for it's rapid ascendancy in the UK political sphere. 

  • Academic publication
  • 23rd Apr 2016

Provision of social norm feedback to high prescribers of antibiotics in general practice: a pragmatic national randomised controlled trial

Unnecessary antibiotic prescribing contributes to antimicrobial resistance.

  • Academic publication
  • 23rd Jun 2016

Applying Behavioral Insights to Health Policy: Progress So Far and Challenges to Be Met

Governments are showing a growing interest in applying findings from behavioural science to the administration of public health and health care.

  • Blog
  • 8th Aug 2016

Counting Calories: A new report from BIT on the problems with official statistics on calorie intake, and how they can be solved

Without reliable statistics, we can’t know what progress we are making towards achieving our societal goals. If we are trying to improve educational outcomes, we need to know how pupils are performing. If we want to cut down congestion, we need to understand how busy the roads are. And if…

  • Blog
  • 11th Nov 2016

The soft drinks levy is working before it has even been applied

Back in March of this year, the government announced the introduction of a soft drinks levy (or 'sugar tax'). At the time, we published a blog pointing out that the levy’s success would depend greatly on how producers responded to it. Although shifting customer purchases is important, we predicted that…

  • Academic publication
  • 20th Nov 2016

Seven Ways of Applying Behavioral Science to Health Policy

This chapter sets out seven ways  of applying behavioral science to policy that are not subject to many of the key criticisms leveled at nudging - most notably, that nudges are manipulative and dis-empowering.

  • Blog
  • 30th Nov 2016

Going global: A new report on applying behavioural insights to health

This blog is also available in Spanish Testing for diabetes can be a pain. The cheapest and most effective test requires people to fast for up to 10 hours beforehand. And if people lack any symptoms, they may also have little awareness or motivation to get tested in a timely…

  • Blog
  • 23rd Aug 2017

Rethinking public health using behavioural science

How could - and should - findings from behavioural science make us approach public health differently? This week, BIT offered a provocative answer to this question in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. It was also a question addressed by over 100 academics and practitioners at a recent workshop organised by…

  • Blog
  • 6th Mar 2018

20 per cent fewer calories by 2024: the new target from Public Health England

One in three children is leaving primary school overweight or obese. Last week we wrote about the launch of a new programme by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity that aims to change this fact. Today Public Health England added to the calls for action by revealing that children are consuming…

  • Blog
  • 20th Apr 2018

Green means go: how to help patients make informed choices about their healthcare

More than four million people are waiting for specialist care in the NHS. At worst, people can wait more than a year for treatment. In many cases people have the option to choose an alternative, nearby service with shorter waiting times—but do not do so. Why is this? Sometimes people…