Behavioural Exchange 2014

In June 2014 our CEO, Dr David Halpern, will be heading to Sydney to speak at Behavioural Exchange 2014, the world’s first public policy behavioural insights conference.

Since November 2012, Dr Rory Gallagher - our Managing Advisor & Director of International Programmes - has been based in Sydney, working with the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet to embed the use of behavioural insights across the public sector and establish their own Behavioural Insights Unit (the first of its kind in Australia).


Behavioural Insights Team publishes EAST – a new Framework for applying behavioural insights

The Behavioural Insights Team has published a new framework for applying behavioural insights to policy. It’s called EAST: four simple ways to apply behavioural insights.

EAST is an acronym which stands for ‘Easy’, ‘Attractive’, ‘Social’ and ‘Timely’. EAST draws on decades of academic literature and the experiences of the team in applying insights from the behavioural sciences to public policy. 


How many police officers are in France?

Last week, we ran a small randomised trial at one of our presentations, which we delivered to a small group of civil servants. Included in the presentation were a series of games to demonstrate some well documented behavioural science effects. 

The first of these games was a straightforward demonstration of “anchoring”. The 20 participants were asked to guess the number of police officers in France. The closest guess won a prize of £10 in cash (ponied up by a senior member of staff). Half of the participants randomly received the following piece of information:


We are recruiting for the Behavioural Insights Research Centre for English and Maths (BIRCEM)

We are now recruiting Senior Advisors for the Behavioural Insights Research Centre for English and Maths (BIRCEM). We are looking for exceptional candidates with relevant academic expertise and a proven track record of delivering research projects (particularly Randomised Controlled Trials) involving multiple stakeholders.


BIT and BIS launch The Behavioural Insights Research Centre for English and Maths

We are delighted to announce that the Behavioural Insights Team and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills are setting up a new research centre. The Centre will develop and test interventions informed by behavioural science that can help improve adult literacy and numeracy and be scaled up by UK government policy makers. We’re really interested in hearing from academics, learning providers, and employers that might wish to participate in this ambitious, three year research programme.

Joint incentives vs individual incentives

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know that we like to highlight interesting new findings that we come across in the growing behavioural science literature.

This time, we have chosen a field experiment conducted in Uruguay, which tests the impact of group incentives, or 'joint incentives' against individual incentives.

The researchers divided students into three groups: a control group; an ‘individual incentive’ group; and a ‘joint incentive’ group.

The Behavioural Insights Team – a social purpose company

After three and a half years in Number 10 and the Cabinet Office, today the Behavioural Insights Team is being 'spun out' of government and set up as a social purpose company. We will continue to work for the Cabinet Office, which will be our first and principal client. But we will now start to build on the growing portfolio of work that we are undertaking across the UK public, private and charitable sector and with foreign governments and international organisations. 


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