The Behavioural Insights Team is pleased to announce a call for submissions to the BX2015 Awards, to be presented at the BX2015 conference in September.
The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has entered into a three-year partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies on its new What Works Cities initiative. The $42 million project endeavors to build on existing innovation at the city-level by helping mayors and local leaders use data and evidence to engage the public, make government more effective and improve people’s lives. What Works Cities is the latest initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation portfolio, which promotes public sector innovation and spreads effective ideas amongst cities around the world.
People are generally the best judges of their own preferences, and know the most about their own context. Further, autonomous choice is an important aspect of intrinsic motivation (1). Where people feel they have a choice, they are more likely to act, and more likely to have or develop an intrinsic motivation to continue the action.
Join us and 700 other behavioural insights practitioners and academics at the second annual Behavioural Exchange (BX2015), a behavioural science conference taking place in London on the 2nd and 3rd September 2015. To purchase tickets, click here.
BX2015 builds on the success of last year's conference in Sydney. We've assembled a truly stellar list of speakers. Here are some of them:
At BIT we believe that “We all need someone to love us the whole day through” and so, for the romantically inclined, we share our hints and tips to make the most of this Valentine’s Day:
Last Friday, our CEO (David Halpern) and Managing Director (Owain Service) attended a big OECD conference on the use of behavioural insights in policy. David co-chaired the event, and Owain led a session on mainstreaming behavioural insights in to government institutions.
Most people are not expecting to get healthier over the festive period, with Christmas parties, Christmas lunch and New Years’ parties serving to prepare us for an inevitable January of diets and new gym memberships. New research, however, suggests that Christmas may be better for your physical health than you think.
You might remember reading a blog post back in May that announced the launch of our first randomised controlled trials in Latin America, in partnership with the World Bank. We now have results.
The trial tested redesigned reminder letters to Guatemalan taxpayers who had failed to declare their income tax on time. We found that the behaviourally-informed letters outperformed all other conditions, with the most successful variant increasing payment by 43%.
Research supported by the Behavioural Insights Team has demonstrated how prescribing behaviour can be significantly improved by making simple changes to prescription charts used in NHS hospitals.
Below is a guest blog, written by Dom King, a good friend of BIT, co-author of MINDSPACE and the lead researcher on this project. The full paper is available online here
The 2015 World Development Report was launched last week by the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and our own CEO, Dr David Halpern (see the video of the launch here). David sent back this blog from Washington:
The subject of the 2015 World Development Report is behavioural insights. Mind, Society and Behaviour is the culmination of nearly two years of work, and is perhaps the most comprehensive, cross national survey on how human behaviour affects development.