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  • Blog
  • 29th Jun 2023

Buy Now Pay Later: What are the risks and benefits to consumers?

Buy Now, Pay Later is changing consumers’ behaviour. Our new research shows it is considered a beneficial option by many people but there are ways to better support consumers

  • Blog
  • 27th Jun 2023

How worried should we be about youth vaping?

Concerns about an ‘epidemic’ of youth vaping seem to be making waves at the moment. We’ve seen recent headlines about a ‘spike’ in the number of children vaping, the Australian Government is planning to ban recreational use of e-cigarettes, and the UK Government has just announced £3 million towards a…

  • Blog
  • 27th Jun 2023

Beyond tech: The role of behavioural science in digital health apps

Digital health technologies, including health apps, have the potential to revolutionise healthcare delivery in the UK by improving patient outcomes, reducing costs, increasing efficiency, and making healthcare more accessible. For health apps to be effective, they must be designed with an understanding of human behaviour so that the digital services,…

  • Blog
  • 13th Jun 2023

Do smart meters reduce households’ energy consumption?

Smart gas and electricity meters are devices that measure and record the amount of energy that a household uses (every 30-minutes) and inform the consumer of how much they are spending on energy via an In-Home-Display (IHD). Consumption data is also automatically relayed to the household’s energy supplier. Smart meters…

  • Blog
  • 7th Jun 2023

Boosting the appeal of green skills and training: Findings from an online experiment

The UK's push for Net Zero by 2050 is reshaping employment, with some carbon-intensive jobs declining and new green jobs emerging. However, as outlined by the Green Jobs Taskforce, as well as in our own recent evidence review, there's a shortage of green skills in the UK’s labour market, and…

  • Blog
  • 7th Jun 2023

The quiet boom of trust inside Britain

The UK is experiencing a quiet boom in what’s called ‘social trust’: the sense that we can trust our neighbours and the people around us. Our analysis of the latest release of the World Values Survey finds that 47% of us think that most people can be trusted.

  • Blog
  • 5th Jun 2023

How can we build a Net Zero society?

To mark the World Environment Day, we’d like to tell you about our recent major sustainability event.  To achieve the UK's net-zero targets, we need significant social and behavioural shifts. But how can we get there? To help answer this question, earlier this year, BIT released a new flagship report…

  • Report
  • 30th May 2023

What can gambling support providers do to increase service uptake?

Roughly 4 in 10 people who have the greatest need for gambling treatment and support do not seek any form of treatment, advice or support. The Behavioural Insights Team’s (BIT) Gambling Policy and Research Unit (GPRU) collaborated with the TalkBanStop (TBS) to develop recommendations for how support service providers can…

  • Blog
  • 26th May 2023

What might NHS Trusts and other healthcare providers do next?

This week, we have shared our thoughts on how behavioural insights might be applied to the elective care backlog; tackling current demand as efficiently as possible, and reducing future short and long term demand. Today, we’re wrapping up with some final recommendations for NHS Trusts and other healthcare providers, and…

  • Blog
  • 25th May 2023

How can behavioural insights reduce future long term demand in the NHS?

Yesterday, we outlined thoughts on how behavioural insights might reduce future short term demand. Today, we’re highlighting some ways in which we might reduce future long term demand, including (i) maximising uptake of screening and preventative behaviours, (ii) maximising adherence to treatment, and (iii) increasing uptake of remote monitoring.