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  • Blog
  • 28th Mar 2014

Tim Harford on behavioural economics in public policy

Last weekend, Tim Harford published this article in the Financial Times on the use of behavioural economics in public policy.Using our recent organ donation trial as an example – where we tested eight variants of a similar message to find out which was most effective at increasing the sign-up rate…

  • Blog
  • 26th Jun 2014

Building your policy house of brick or straw

Entry by David Halpern, CEO of BIT and the UK's National Adviser on What WorksDo you remember the story of the three little pigs who each build a house? One builds a house of straw, another of sticks, and the other of brick. The first two build their houses very…

  • Blog
  • 27th Jul 2014

House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee - Behaviour Change

The Behavioural Insights Team welcomes the recent letter from the House of Lords Select Committee, following up its 2011 report on Behaviour Change. We would like to highlight Lord Selbourne’s opening statement on BIT:"The work of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is to be commended. In particular, we are impressed…

  • Person

Ed Bradon

Ed is the leader of our Home Affairs, Security and International Development practice. Since joining the team in London in 2014, Ed has worked to establish the international footprint of behavioural insights, first as a founding member of our first overseas office in Sydney, Australia, and then across the Asia-Pacific…

  • Academic publication
  • 25th Oct 2014

The Use of Descriptive Norms in Public Administration: A Panacea for Improving Citizen Behaviours?

Recent years have seen a growth in the use of social norm messages by local and national governments. These messages have been primarily used to induce desired behaviours among the non-compliant minority by pointing to the compliance of the majority.

  • Academic publication
  • 8th Jul 2015

Targeting voter registration with incentives: A randomized controlled trial of a lottery in a London borough

Does an incentive—in the form of a lottery—increase voter registration, particularly among poorer members of society? In the summer of 2012, two groups of 20,000 randomly selected households from a London Borough were informed that they would be placed into a prize draw if they registered to vote by 28…

  • Blog
  • 7th Aug 2015

"You have been selected": Driving uptake of Government schemes

In 2013 and 2014 BIT worked with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to design, launch and run the Growth Vouchers programme.  After the scheme had launched the number of applications was lower than hoped. This is not an uncommon occurrence with Government schemes - lots of time and…

  • Blog
  • 28th Sep 2015

Using a lottery to incentivise voter registration

A lottery made people register faster, saving the local authority money, but did not change the overall rates of voter registration

  • Person

Hazel Wright

Hazel is a Principal Advisor in the Local Government team based out of BIT's Manchester office. She joined the team in 2015 and works on intervention development, trial design and the implementation of quasi-experimental methods. This includes the development of trials in health, employment and crime prevention. Prior to joining…

  • Blog
  • 5th May 2016

BIT, Oxford University and Harvard University to host Data Science and Government Conference

On the 22nd of June 2016, Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, in collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team and Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, will host a meeting of academics and policymakers to discuss Data Science and Government. This one-day conference programme will combine the latest academic findings with real-world…