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Sasha is the Director of BIT Canada, leading BIT's team in Toronto and its work across Canada. BIT Canada works with a wide range of Canadian organizations that are dedicated to social impact. We have done work with the Government of British Columbia's Public Service Agency, Environment and Climate Change…
- Policy proposal
- 6th Jul 2017
Children in need: Project Crewe
In 2014, the Department for Education funded the Social Work Innovation Fund, which aimed to encourage new thinking in how children’s services support young people. The Behavioural Insights Team have conducted an evaluation of one pilot funded through the Innovation Fund, Project Crewe.
- 7th Jul 2017
A first for children's social care: findings from our new trial
For children growing up in turbulent households the outcomes are stark. Young people in receipt of social care attain drastically lower than average GCSE grades, have an increased chance of suffering poor physical and mental health and, worryingly, are more likely to have offspring who endure a similarly detrimental childhood.…
- 26th Nov 2017
Behavioural Insights in Australia
In Everett Rogers's classic text, The Diffusion of Innovations, he argues that it helps that good ideas are effective. But it’s often not quite enough. For innovations to really take hold, they need to have the capacity to be trialled and reinvented in different contexts. People need to be able…
- 25th Apr 2018
Increasing responses to the annual canvass in Hackney and Hull
- 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…
- 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.
- 27th Jul 2018
Encouraging retirement planning through behavioural insights
Think about yourself the day after you retire. Will you be spending more time with your friends and family? Does this question make retirement feel closer, more real? In a recent study with over 70,000 people, this simple prompt substantially increased engagement with retirement planning. It was more effective than…
- 2nd Aug 2018
Improving communications using behavioural insights - new results from TEST + Build
TEST + Build, one of our growing range of BI Ventures, draws on behavioural insights to improve communications. Since launching last year, we have worked with nine organisations to send out over 55,000 communications. One of those organisations was Mansfield Council. Using TEST + Build to encourage more households to…
Sarah Merriam is a Senior Advisor in the Health and Wellbeing team. She currently leads the team's work applying behavioural insights to reduce the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases. Sarah has a specific interest in vaccination behaviour and how lessons from behavioural science can be applied to increase vaccine…