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  • Academic publication
  • 16th Oct 2013

Aspiration & Inspiration – A pilot study of mentoring in schools

We report the results of a pilot study to test the impact of a short talk on pupils' stated intentions to attend university.

  • Blog
  • 8th Apr 2014

BIT and BIS launch The Behavioural Insights Research Centre for English and Maths

We are delighted to announce that the Behavioural Insights Team and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills are setting up a new research centre. The Centre will develop and test interventions informed by behavioural science that can help improve adult literacy and numeracy and be scaled up by UK…

  • Blog
  • 3rd Jun 2014

Creating Oppositions in Academia and Policy

Every now and again an article appears in the UK press that we think needs a bit of clarification. One such article appeared in the Observer over the weekend: link.Creating oppositions between academics and organisations is a nice journalistic device – and of course, a well-established pattern in academic journals…

  • Blog
  • 22nd Sep 2014

Adult educators comes together to celebrate launch of the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge (ASK)

The Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge, or ASK for short, was officially opened on 17 September. The research centre is focused on using behavioural science to help tackle adult numeracy and literacy. Adults who lack literacy and numeracy skills tend to be less productive at work, earn…

  • 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.

  • Academic publication
  • 13th Feb 2015

Curbing Adult Student Attrition: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Roughly 20% of adults in the OECD lack basic numeracy and literacy skills. In the UK, many colleges offer fully government subsidized adult education programs to improve these skills.

  • Blog
  • 28th Jul 2015

Reducing college dropouts

In the last chapter of his latest book Misbehaving, Richard Thaler writes that education is an area ripe for the application of behavioural science and is already a “good example of a domain where field experiments run by economists are having an impact”. Like Richard, the BIT is excited by…

  • Publication
  • 31st Jul 2015

Behavioural Insights and the Somerset Challenge

The Somerset Challenge comissioned the Behavioural Insights Team to apply findings from behavioural science to problems faced in Somerset Schools.

  • Blog
  • 15th Jan 2016

Does social action help develop the skills young people need to succeed in adult life?

Today sees the publication of BIT's evaluation of the Cabinet Office's Youth Social Action Fund, an interim version of which was published last year. Our report provides compelling and robust evidence that young people who take part in social action initiatives, such as volunteering, develop some of the most critical…

  • Blog
  • 22nd Jan 2016

Applying behavioural insights to improve life chances

A quiet moment in Davos, among the world’s elites, is a strange place to reflect on those whose accidents of birth make it hard to get to a place like this, even from a relatively affluent country like Britain. I’m here as Chair of the WEF group on behaviour, and…