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  • Blog
  • 19th Dec 2012

Designing interventions in partnership with the people who are going to deliver them

One of Professor Thaler's mantras is "we can't do evidence based policy without evidence". As a team, we are keen advocates of the use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in government. But when talking about our trials we are often confronted with the question: "How do you decide what to…

  • Blog
  • 8th Jan 2013

Randomised controlled trials in public policy

Dr Ben Goldacre’s Radio 4 programme about the use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in public policy is well worth a listen.The programme includes guest appearances from members of the Behavioural Insights Team, with whom Ben wrote a paper on how policymakers can use RCTs to test new interventions.

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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 Alex Gyani

Alex is the Director of the Behavioural Insights Team's Australian office. He has been based in Sydney since 2014. Previously Alex oversaw the team’s research and evaluation work across Singapore, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and ran the office in Aotearoa New Zealand from 2018-2021. Since joining the team in…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…