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BX2015 Awards deadline is this Sunday – don’t miss the chance to celebrate your work in behavioural science

The BX2015 Awards submissions deadline is fast approaching – applications must be with us by this Sunday, 14th June, at 11pm London time. The awards will be presented at the BX2015 conference in September, and the winners will be invited to present their work at the conference among leading thinkers in the field.

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

Last month Michael Sanders, Head of Research at BIT, and Aisling Ni Chonaire, Assistant Advisor at BIT, 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 trial workable.

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BIT to partner with US cities through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative

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.

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Does treating people like adults really mean giving them more options?

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.

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Behavioural Exchange 2015, hosted by the Behavioural Insights Team

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:

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Results from BIT tax trial in Guatemala

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%.

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