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Dr Paul Calcraft
Paul is Technical Lead on the Ventures team and a Data Scientist on the Research and Evaluation team. Before joining BIT, Paul was a programmer in the web development industry, latterly moving into machine learning and research. He holds a PhD and BSc in Computer Science from the University of Sussex.…
- 21st Feb 2017
Applied: BIT's first behavioural product
When the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) was established back in 2010, we often concluded that the solution to a problem faced by government wasn’t always a new policy or intervention. It was a tool - like a new website, app, or even physical product - that individuals or organisations could…
- 17th Feb 2016
Would you hire on the toss of a coin?
Here’s a reasonable question: why put multiple people on a task when you can just get one really smart person to do all the work? Put simply, because the group’s probably going to do a better job. The history behind the science One hundred years ago, British statistician Francis Galton…
Miranda is a Product Manager in BI Ventures. She is the product owner of TEST + Build, a BI Ventures product that enables its users to apply behavioural science to their live communication projects and test their effectiveness with a Randomised Controlled Trial. Miranda is also leading on Ventures new…
- 8th Dec 2015
A head for hiring: the behavioural science of recruitment and selection
This report, written for the CIPD by the Behavioural Insights Team, outlines ways in which harnessing knowledge about how we actually behave can help those engaged in recruitment to improve outcomes for organisations.
- 23rd Jul 2015
The Behavioural Insights Team Update 2013-2015
The Update Report covers the past two years of the Behavioural Insights Team’s work. It’s been an exciting period for the team. We’ve managed to expand the breadth and scale of our work (having now run more than 150 trials across almost every area of policy). But the core of…
Samuel joined the BIT shortly after it was created in 2010 as the team’s first economist. He has worked on a large number of UK government policies, including: health, crime, energy & sustainability, taxation, unemployment and economic growth. From 2014-16, Samuel was the team’s UK director for economic growth and…