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  • Blog
  • 4th Feb 2016

Stories from the States

As part of BIT North America’s work with the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities initiative, we have launched ten randomized control trials in six cities from Kentucky to California in the last six months. While we wait for the results, we thought we’d share three stories that shed some light…

  • Person

Dr Karen Tindall

Karen is a Principal Advisor based in our Sydney office, focusing on domestic violence, community resilience, health, and charitable giving. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University, in the field of public sector crisis management. Karen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for…

  • Blog
  • 20th Apr 2015

BIT to partner with US cities through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative

New partnership will help to launch US operations for BIT The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has entered into a three-year partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies on its new What Works Cities initiative. The $42 million project endeavors to build on existing innovation at the city-level by helping mayors and local leaders…

  • Blog
  • 26th Nov 2014

What Works? The UK’s new What Works centres show results at first public presentation

Yesterday saw the publication of a collection of early conclusions from the What Works Network - the family of institutions created to put evidence in the hands of commissioners and professionals. Even if you hadn’t heard of the What Works centres before, you’ll soon start to see their influence in…

  • 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.

  • Publication
  • 15th Apr 2014

Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making in Children’s Social Work: An analysis of the ‘front door’ system

In May 2013, the Secretary of State for Education and the Prime Minister commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to undertake a project to look at social workers’ decision-making. Given the potential breadth of this project, and the limited resources available, BIT and the Department for Education (DfE) decided to…

  • Person

Dr Alex Gyani

Alex is the Managing Director of the Behavioural Insights Team's APAC offices. He has been based in Sydney since 2014. He has advised governments around the world on how to use behavioural science to improve policy outcomes and increase the use of evidence-based policy more generally. Previously Alex oversaw the…

  • Person

Elspeth Kirkman

Elspeth joined BIT while it was still part of the Cabinet Office. During her time with BIT she held various roles, including overseeing health and education work and setting up and leading the North American office. She is the author of two books relating to behavioural science: Behavioral Insights (2020,…

  • Person

Dr Michael Hallsworth

Dr Michael Hallsworth is Managing Director of BIT Americas. Before his current role, Michael led BIT's global work on health and tax for five years. Michael was previously a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office of the UK government and has in-depth experience of both policy development and service…

  • Blog
  • 20th Mar 2013

Communicating best practice

This month the government announced plans to set up "What Works" centres to gather, review, and disseminate best practice across a number of policy areas.Dissemination of research findings, particularly in an age of devolution, is of critical importance. Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), which are easy to understand (compared with other,…