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  • Blog
  • 5th Jul 2018

What do evidence and olives have in common?

People can learn in a number of ways - through direct instruction, such as early lessons from parents; through watching what other people do and learning from their actions; or through our own experiences and trial and error. Psychologists have long studied the way in which we learn from our…

  • Report
  • 14th Dec 2017

Using Data Science in Policy

The first report from BIT's Data Science team

Also available in: Español

  • Report
  • 14th Dec 2017

El uso de la ciencia de datos en políticas públicas

La variedad de técnicas que componen la ciencia de datos (nuevas herramientas para analizar datos, nuevos conjuntos de datos y formas novedosas de datos) tienen un gran potencial para ser utilizadas en políticas públicas. Sin embargo, hasta la fecha, estas herramientas han sido principalmente del dominio de los académicos y,…

Also available in: English

  • Blog
  • 14th Dec 2017

Data science at BIT - first year report

This morning sees the publication of BIT’s first data science report. It marks the culmination of twelve months of work by our data science team, which was inaugurated in January 2017. The team have worked across policy areas from education to health to children’s social care and road safety, and…

  • Blog
  • 13th Sep 2017

Britain's census matters. Can we boost participation and save money?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) plays a vital role in British life. Without ONS statistics, government and local authorities would not be able to calculate or understand inflation, immigration, or employment reliably, nor could government design and implement effective policies to manage those issues. Statistics determine how public funds…

  • Publication
  • 15th Sep 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team’s Update Report: 2015-16

This report summarises the range and impact of BIT’s work over the past 12 months. In addition to the projects we have undertaken with the UK government, the report provides summaries of work conducted by our offices in Sydney, New York, and Singapore.

  • Publication
  • 8th Jul 2016

Decision-making in children’s social care: quantitative analysis

Every day, social work practitioners make decisions about the wellbeing of thousands of vulnerable children and families. These decisions are often complex, concerning emotive issues in conditions of uncertainty. They are often made under both time and resource pressure. This report uses raw data on social work cases to reveal…

  • Blog
  • 16th Oct 2015

World Statistics Day

It’s ‘World Statistics Day’ on October 20th! OK, it’s not quite as exciting as Christmas, but it does merit a moment of reflection - at least to encourage a next generation to marvel and pursue the wonder of statistics. As a young lecturer at Cambridge, my then Faculty made the…

  • Blog
  • 28th Sep 2015

Using a lottery to incentivise voter registration

A lottery made people register faster, saving the local authority money, but did not change the overall rates of voter registration

  • Blog
  • 2nd Jun 2015

"Powered to Detect Small Effect Sizes": You keep saying that. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Last month Aisling Ni Chonaire and I published a new Working Paper through the The Centre for Market and Public Organisation research centre. The paper explores how researchers can choose a sample size large enough to detect an effect in a randomised control trial, but small enough to make the…