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  • Blog
  • 11th Jul 2016

How do social workers make decisions?

Reform of the children’s social care system is a key priority for the current Government and last week the Department for Education released a policy paper setting out their vision for the sector. This paper included details of the Department’s ongoing programme of reform, including workforce accreditation and new structural…

  • Blog
  • 3rd Aug 2016

How can government make better use of data science? Insights from the first Data Science & Government Conference

Earlier this year the Behavioural Insights Team, working together with Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government and Harvard's Behavioral Insights Group, hosted a one-day conference exploring the topic of data science and government. The conference attracted 200 participants from across government, industry, and academia. In his opening remarks, David Halpern, BIT's CEO…

  • Blog
  • 10th Aug 2016

Honouring the political

One of those déjà vu stories has been running over the past couple of weeks. A Prime Minister departs, and in their wake a number of Ministers and their advisers. The departing Prime Minister recommends for honours a number of those who have worked loyally for them and the Party.…

  • Person

Lucy Makinson

Lucy is Head of Policy for the Behavioural Insights Team & Nesta. She leads the organisations’ Rapid Insights Team, which brings together new research and expertise from both organisations to address pressing policy challenges. Lucy has a background in both policy and research, having previously worked as Policy Advisor to…

  • Publication
  • 26th Sep 2016

Behavioural Economics Guide - Vol 1 Public Policy - Mexican Institute for Behavioural Economics

The Mexican Institute for Behavioural Economics has published their Behavioural Economics Guide. The guide, one of the first of its kind to be written in Spanish, focuses on the application of behavioural economics to public policy. Covering a range of topics, the guide includes a chapter written by the Behavioural…

  • Report
  • 3rd Oct 2016

Las ciencias del comportamiento aplicadas a las ciudades.

Este reporte también está disponible en inglés Durante el año pasado, nuestra oficina de América del Norte, con sede en Nueva York, trabajó con ciudades medianas en los EE. UU. a través de la iniciativa What Works Cities (WWC) de Bloomberg Philanthropies. Hoy, BIT Norte América lanza su primer reporte…

  • Blog
  • 13th Oct 2016

Reflections on the rise of evidence-based policymaking

You know how it is: you spend months waiting for the next global summit on evidence, and then when the invitations arrive they’re all scheduled at the same time. Recent weeks saw two held in London, and a few people missed them because of a rival summit in the USA!…

  • Blog
  • 20th Oct 2016

Poverty and decision-making: How behavioural science can improve opportunity in the UK

A third of the UK population spent at least one year in relative income poverty between 2011 and 2014. Traditionally policymakers and anti-poverty organisations such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) have focused on boosting people’s economic capital (e.g., income) and human capital (e.g., educational attainment) to reduce poverty. While…

  • Blog
  • 24th Oct 2016

Behavioral Insights and the City

From ancient Athens to modern New York, cities have long provided crucibles for human interaction, thriving and faltering in equal measure on the density and diversity of the lives within them. With 2 out of every 3 of us set to live in cities by 2050, it is hardly surprising…

  • Person

Dr Serene Koh

Serene heads BIT's Singapore office. She leads our domestic consultancy work as well as our capability building across the region. She has been with the Singapore office since it was founded in 2016. Before BIT, Serene was a researcher with the Ministry of Communications and Information where she led the…