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  • Blog
  • 14th Dec 2012

New BIT trial results: helping people back into work

The Behavioural Insights Team has been working with Job Centre Plus in Loughton, Essex, to help get people back into work. We ran a six month randomised controlled trial to test the impact of three changes we made to the existing Job Centre Plus system. The trial tested the difference…

  • Blog
  • 7th Apr 2013

BIT back-to-work trial covered by BBC PM.

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks and, if you listen to Radio 4’s BBC PM show, you may have heard about the ways in which we’re helping jobseekers across Essex to get back into work. If you missed it, or just want to listen again, you can do…

  • Blog
  • 7th Aug 2013

Growth Vouchers

We’ve been working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the £30 million business support programme which was announced at Budget. The announcement in the budget stipulated that the programme would be run as a randomised controlled trial (RCT), the first time that we know of where…

  • Blog
  • 8th Oct 2013

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

Tim Harford, author of the Financial Times’ Undercover Economist series, has recently written a new book: The Undercover Economist Strikes Back Tim’s previous books have tended to cover microeconomics, i.e. the behaviour of individuals or firms. But Tim’s new book looks at macroeconomics, which is the study of entire economies…

  • Blog
  • 17th Dec 2013

Paper of the week: using Post-It notes to increase survey responses

The paper we would like to highlight this week is a great example of how research can be transferred into practice. Garner (2005) tested the impact of attaching a Post-it note with a hand-written request to survey materials. The study found that the note roughly doubled response rates (76%, compared…

  • Publication
  • 4th Feb 2014

Growth vouchers

The Growth Vouchers programme is a pioneering government research project, and the largest Randomised Controlled Trial of its type, that aims to make it easier for small businesses to access expert advice to help them grow and test which types of business advice are most effective. The Behavioural Insights Team…

  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 19th Nov 2014

BIT at the World Economic Forum

Our CEO, David Halpern, spent last week at the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum now has a Council focused on behaviour, chaired by David and Eldar Shafir (a Princeton professor and co-author of the recent book Scarcity). David sent back this blog post:Going to Dubai last week was…

  • Academic publication
  • 1st Dec 2014

I’ve booked you a place. Good luck: a field experiment applying behavioural science to improve attendance at high-impact recruitment events

Finding a job, especially in a recovering economy, is challenging and success is reliant upon effective job-search activity.

  • Person

Elisabeth Costa

Elisabeth is the Managing Director of the Behavioural Insights Team in the UK. Elisabeth leads BIT’s work in the United Kingdom and is responsible for building new, long-term partnerships and collaborations across the team. Elisabeth’s particular expertise is economic policy and digital markets. Joining the team in 2015, Elisabeth has…