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We’re recruiting in London and Manchester

The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for several Advisors and Senior Advisors to work on a number of projects with partners across different policy areas. These roles offer the opportunity to develop new solutions to some of the UK government’s most pressing challenges as well as aiding international governments and organisations to develop behaviourally informed […]

July 27, 2016

An analysis of police 101 phone calls

In 2011, Police forces across the UK introduced Police 101, a phone number for non-emergency issues. This important public service has come under strain more recently as forces have struggled to cope with the huge volumes of calls – which has sometimes led to callers having to wait for their call to be answered. Speaking […]

July 26, 2016

Behavioural Insights Team opens up in Manchester and Singapore, and expands in Sydney

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), also known as ‘the Nudge Unit’, is opening two new offices in Singapore and Manchester. BIT, the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences, adds these two new offices to its London and New York operations whilst also expanding its existing team in Sydney. The opening […]

July 20, 2016

Texting parents about tests and homework can improve maths results and reduce absenteeism

Today the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published the results of a trial showing that texting parents information about upcoming tests and homework directly improved their child’s attainment in maths by the equivalent of an extra month in the classroom. I ran the trial as part of my PhD, with Harvard Kennedy School’s Todd Rogers and […]

July 15, 2016

How do social workers make decisions?

Reform of the children’s social care system is a key priority for the current Government and last week the Department for Education released a policy paper setting out their vision for the sector. This paper included details of the Department’s ongoing programme of reform, including workforce accreditation and new structural models of accountability and delivery. […]

July 11, 2016

Corruption: Can a behavioural approach shift the dial?

The first global summit on anti-corruption was held in London in May. The summit brought together world leaders, businesses, academics, civil society and international organisations to discuss the practical steps that could be taken to tackle corruption across the world. Here at BIT, we think that behavioural science can make an important contribution to anti-corruption. […]

July 7, 2016

Rounding up the latest insights from Behavioural Exchange 2016

Last month, members of the Behavioural Insights Team attended and presented at the third Behavioural Exchange conference, hosted by the Behavioral Insights Group at Harvard. The conference, which brought together over 400 academics, policymakers and practitioners, covered a huge range of issues at the cutting edge of behavioural science and public policy – from the […]

July 4, 2016

We’re recruiting for a Head of Data Science

The Behavioural Insights Team is currently recruiting a Head of Data Science to lead our Data Science Function. The role will involve working closely with our Chief Scientist to enhance BIT’s capacity in data science – particularly machine learning, predictive modelling and data visualisation. For more information please see the job description. To apply, please […]

June 29, 2016

Talking grit with Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Behavioural Insights Team collaborator, was in London recently promoting her new book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”. BIT have taken inspiration from Angela’s work over the past few years and have previously used the concept of grit to evaluate the impact of volunteering […]

June 9, 2016

We are recruiting for a Senior Advisor in Singapore and Research Team roles in London

We are recruiting for a Senior Advisor to join us in our new Singapore office and for multiple roles in our Research and Evaluation team in London. See below for more details: Singapore office roles The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) will be opening an office in Singapore later this year. The Singapore office will work […]

June 1, 2016