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Improving outcomes for young people in Somerset

Today we are publishing our latest report which applies behavioural insights to schools in Somerset. This report is the culmination of a year of work conducted jointly with the Somerset Challenge, a collection of secondary schools in Somerset who are working together to improve outcomes for young people in the county. The report contains the […]

July 31, 2015


Reducing college dropouts

In the last chapter of his latest book Misbehaving, Richard Thaler writes that education is an area ripe for the application of behavioural science and is already a “good example of a domain where field experiments run by economists are having an impact”. Like Richard, the BIT is excited by the coming together of behavioural […]

July 28, 2015


Promoting diversity in the Police

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our recent trials. This first post is dedicated to an emerging area of focus for BIT: home affairs and justice. We occasionally get a result that even we are stunned by. One of these, picked up in the media coverage of our 2015 Update, […]

July 24, 2015


Behavioural Insights Team publishes Update 2013-2015

Today we are publishing our Update Report, which covers the last two years of the Behavioural Insights Team’s work. You can view the full report here. The report contains many new results, including: Raising the pass rate for ethnic minority applicants to the police on a key exam from 40 to 60 percent, closing the […]

July 23, 2015


Matthew Hancock MP announced to open BX2015

We are delighted to announce special guest Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General, will be opening BX2015, the behavioural science conference taking place in London on the 2nd and 3rd September 2015. With over 70 speakers confirmed, the focus of BX2015 will be to learn from global best practice examples […]

July 22, 2015


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. We are […]

June 10, 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 trial workable. They have focussed […]

June 2, 2015


BIT launch BX2015 Awards: celebrating the achievements of behavioural science scholars and practitioners

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 last ten years have seen tremendous growth in the scope, ambition and achievements of the behavioural sciences, bringing growing recognition and application to policy. The conference is an opportunity […]

May 12, 2015


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

New partnership will help to launch US operations for BIT 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 […]

April 20, 2015


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 […]

March 17, 2015