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  • Blog
  • 2nd May 2018

Behavioural Government: A major new initiative from BIT

Confident about your own decision-making? Take the test. When we present our work or appear on panels, we’re often asked the same question: “But doesn’t government itself suffer from cognitive biases?” It’s an issue close to our hearts, given our origins in government. We first highlighted it in the MINDSPACE…

  • Blog
  • 11th May 2018

In the frame: how policy choices are shaped by the way ideas are presented

This is the second blog in our Behavioural Government series, which explores how behavioural insights can be used to improve how government itself works. ‘Framing effects’ are when people’s views about something change depending on how it is described. Adopting different frames can greatly affect how people perceive a problem…

  • Blog
  • 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

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Report
  • 11th Jul 2018

Behavioural Government

Using behavioural science to improve how governments make decisions

  • Report
  • 11th Jul 2018

Gobierno conductual

Este reporte también está disponible en inglés Los gobiernos utilizan cada vez más las ciencias del comportamiento para diseñar, mejorar y reevaluar sus políticas y servicios. Incorporando estos conocimientos, las entidades gubernamentales adoptan una visión más realista del comportamiento humano obteniendo de esa forma mejores resultados.  Sin embargo, paradójicamente, los…

  • Blog
  • 20th Jul 2018

Improving the annual electoral canvass

What we found in our trial surprised us: our most effective intervention was the business-as-usual letter repackaged in a modified envelope.

  • Person

Heng Hwee Koh

Heng Hwee is a Senior Advisor in the Singapore office working on a range of issues including inequality, sustainability, and international development. Her particular focus is on applying behavioural insights to digital behaviours. Before joining BIT, Heng Hwee worked with the Institute of Policy Studies to investigate socio-geographical differences in…

  • Blog
  • 18th Sep 2018

Rich and poor: what’s in a number? New measure for poverty from the Social Metrics Commission

Today sees the publication of new proposals from the Social Metrics Commission. Its report sets out a new measurement framework for poverty in the UK. It’s surprisingly tricky to get a group of experts – or the general public – to agree who is rich and poor, let alone what…