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Sara Halkiopoulos

Sara works as a Research Advisor in the Research & Evaluation team, with a particular focus on issues of youth engagement and participation. She is supporting the implementation of a mixed-method randomised controlled trial in further education colleges, as well as the design and analysis of qualitative and quantitative studies.…

  • Academic publication
  • 23rd Mar 2017

Increasing social trust with an ice-breaking exercise – an RCT carried out with NCS participants

This paper reports the results of a small scale randomised controlled trial carried out by the Behavioural Insights Team in partnership with the National Citizens Service (NCS) and The Challenge, a charity that acts as a delivery organisation for NCS.

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Dr Patrick Taylor

Paddy is a Senior Research Advisor. He leads BIT's education and youth evaluation work, supporting the design, improvement and evaluation of complex interventions in these fields. Paddy has a PhD from the School of Public Policy, University College London, investigating the effects of voluntary service on young people’s political capabilities,…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Publication
  • 20th Oct 2016

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

This report puts forward 18 recommendations on how behavioural science can improve opportunity in the UK in six key policy areas: consumer credit; rainy day savings; employment; welfare entitlements; child development; and post-secondary education.

  • Blog
  • 18th Oct 2016

Applying behavioural insights to legacy giving

Legacy giving is an important part of the landscape of charitable giving in the UK, accounting for almost a quarter of all donations, with many charities dependent on these donations to survive. However, while a third (35 per cent) of people say that they would be happy to leave a…

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Lucy Makinson

Lucy is a Senior Research Advisor in BIT's Singapore office where she primarily focuses on projects relating to active citizenship, community cohesion, youth engagement and education. For the majority of her previous role in BIT’s London office Lucy was the Policy Advisor to David Halpern (CEO). She also led a…

  • Blog
  • 9th Jun 2016

Talking grit with Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Behavioural Insights Team collaborator, was in London recently promoting her new book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”. BIT have taken inspiration from Angela’s work over the past few years and have previously used the concept of grit to…

  • Blog
  • 26th Feb 2016

People: peers, pain and power

One of the most fascinating and important areas in life is surely the fine line between wanting to help, and being wary of, those around us. It’s a tension woven deeply into policy and into our humanity. Recently I had one of those afternoons where an accident of meetings seemed…