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  • Blog
  • 6th Feb 2024

“Together for a safer internet”: how and why we should put children and young people at the heart of designing future internet policy

Today is Safer Internet Day, raising awareness globally of a safer and better internet for all, especially for children and young people. Lis Costa, Managing Director of BIT UK, considers how we might make this year’s theme of “Together for a safer internet” a meaningful reality. 

  • Blog
  • 5th Feb 2024

UK joins the war on disposable vapes 

How can we make sure that efforts to regulate vaping and e cigarettes don't inadvertently create more problems than they solve?

  • Blog
  • 26th Jan 2024

From Statistics to Solutions: The Urgency of Youth Violence Prevention

On Thursday the Youth Justice Board (YJB) released its annual youth justice statistics. There are some positives to take from this data, most notably the fall in the average number of children in custody at any one time, which at 440 is the lowest number on record. Meanwhile  the number…

  • Blog
  • 25th Jan 2024

ChatGOV: Will people trust AI tools to help them use public services?

At BIT, we’re excited about AI’s potential to improve how citizens interact with public services - from providing tailored advice, to streamlining application processes. 

  • Blog
  • 17th Jan 2024

Learning from Fujitsu: The importance of procurement reform

Since the airing of the ITV drama Mr Bates v Post Office, the public outrage at the criminalisation of hundreds of innocent people has naturally focused on the Post Office’s leadership and long running political inaction.

  • Blog
  • 4th Jan 2024

Three Challenges for Applied Behavioral Science: Overcoming the Hurdles to Private Sector Adoption

While we like to think of ourselves as open to new ideas, the reality is that encountering a new framework or way of thinking is also somewhat threatening.

  • Blog
  • 28th Dec 2023

Three Promising Opportunities for Applied Behavioral Science Compliance, Cybersecurity & Human Resources

Applied behavioral science has flourished in the private sector over the past decade. Today, there are an estimated 154 corporate behavioral science teams. And this figure doesn’t begin to capture the full magnitude of this work, including recent projects by such disparate companies as Unilever, Indeed and Meta.  

  • Working paper
  • 20th Dec 2023

Working Paper No. 004 / Effectiveness of SMS reminders to increase demand for HPV immunisation: a randomised controlled trial in Georgia

In Georgia, a country with low rates of uptake of the HPV vaccine, we conducted a country-wide RCT that included over 55,000 girls aged 10-12, representing the entire population of eligible unvaccinated girls of this age in the country.

  • Working paper
  • 19th Dec 2023

BIT Working Paper No. 003 / A randomised controlled trial to measure the impact of supportive text messages on attendance and engagement with treatment among lmproving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) patients

In 2019/20 1.7 million people were referred into the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service in England. Of these, one in three did not complete a course of treatment (defined as attending two or more treatment appointments). One reason for dropout is long wait times with limited communication.

  • Blog
  • 19th Dec 2023

From Vision to Validation: Khulisa's Journey with The Ending Youth Violence Lab

In its April 2023 launch event, The Ending Youth Violence Lab (at the Behavioural Insights Team) unveiled its two inaugural research projects. We were delighted to be one of two charities selected to receive the Lab’s transformative support in evaluating our work. For us, the partnership marked a significant milestone…