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Samuel Hanes

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…

  • Report
  • 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…

  • Publication
  • 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.

  • Person

Miranda Jackman

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…

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Person

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.…

  • Blog
  • 21st Apr 2017

Introducing Promptable: A BI Venture

Over the last three years, we’ve been working as part of the Adult Skills and Knowledge (ASK) research centre on a series of trials that use text messages to boost attendance and grades at further education colleges. We’ve learned a lot about how to get students to show up to…

  • Blog
  • 16th Jun 2017

Introducing Test+Build – a BI Venture

Test+Build: a new tool to help you run your own randomised controlled trial. Register your interest here.  Work in fraud, error, and debt, and especially tax compliance and collection, has always been a core part of what the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) does. One of our favourite pieces of work…

  • Blog
  • 29th Jun 2017

Hiring, honeybees and human decision-making

Dozens of studies have shown that the choices we make over what we eat, how we save, and even how we vote can be affected by how those choices are presented: their ‘choice architecture’. Research has found, for example, that the order of candidates’ names on a ballot sheet can…