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Going global: A new report on applying behavioural insights to health

Testing for diabetes can be a pain. The cheapest and most effective test requires people to fast for up to 10 hours beforehand. And if people lack any symptoms, they may also have little awareness or motivation to get tested in a timely way. The result can be higher care costs and worse patient outcomes. […]

November 30, 2016


Making room for expertise in democracy

There’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks about whether expertise is falling out of fashion. It was a theme picked up in a lecture on Tuesday by Beth Noveck, Enough of experts? Data, democracy and the future of expertise. Beth has spent time in both the White House, and in No10 (we actually […]

November 25, 2016


London PhD Scholarships and job opportunities in New York

The BIT PhD Scholarships Programme is now taking applications for 2017. We are looking to award two scholarships in collaboration with the School of Public Policy, University College London (UCL). Each scholarship will run from autumn 2017 for three years. The scholarships can focus on any area of behavioural science and public policy, but strong links between the work of […]

November 24, 2016


London-based job opportunities

Advisor, Employment and Welfare Policy Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary range: £30,000 – £45,000 per annum, plus benefits Based in Westminster The Employment and Welfare team is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as an Advisor. The successful applicant is likely to work on projects that aim to apply behavioural science to create an effective welfare system […]

November 16, 2016


Transformation and Inspiration – the EEF at 5

This week the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) celebrated its fifth birthday. Over the course of a few short years, the EEF has achieved truly remarkable things. One hundred randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in education have been commissioned by the EEF in that time – orders of magnitude more than had been conducted before in the […]

November 14, 2016


The soft drinks levy is working before it has even been applied

Back in March of this year, the government announced the introduction of a soft drinks levy (or ‘sugar tax’). At the time, we published a blog pointing out that the levy’s success would depend greatly on how producers responded to it. Although shifting customer purchases is important, we predicted that the biggest health impacts would […]

November 11, 2016


Job opportunities in London

Technical Lead, Data Science and Ventures Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary range: £35,000 – £45,000 pro rata per annum, plus benefits Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for an exceptional candidate (or candidates) to work across our BI Ventures and Data Science teams as a Technical Lead. The role will involve […]

November 9, 2016


Policymaking: should we be ‘messier’?

Last week, we were lucky enough to be joined by the FT’s Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, who came to talk to us about his excellent new book Messy. The central premise of the book is that we often succumb to the temptation of a tidy-minded approach to getting something done, but we could be better […]

November 8, 2016


Building Character Skills – What Works?

A wide variety of skills are needed for success in life. The traditional focus of policymakers on academic achievement as a marker of people’s talents can cause them to miss the importance of non-cognitive skills, also called character skills. There is now growing evidence that these skills – which include things like conscientiousness, motivation, and creativity […]

October 31, 2016


Behavioral Insights and the City

From ancient Athens to modern New York, cities have long provided crucibles for human interaction, thriving and faltering in equal measure on the density and diversity of the lives within them. With 2 out of every 3 of us set to live in cities by 2050, it is hardly surprising that we find ample opportunities […]

October 24, 2016