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The first Briton to give away £1bn

This week saw a quiet, private celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Gatsby Foundation. In case you haven’t heard of it, Gatsby is the charity through which David (Lord) Sainsbury has given away over £1bn. He was the first Briton ever to pass this threshold. Set up when he was just 26, the Foundation […]

November 17, 2017


How flexible working can improve gender equality in the workplace

Today is Equal Pay Day – an annual reminder of gender inequality in the workplace. While attention rightly tends to focus on the pay gap between men and women, there are a number of issues that impact differently on employees depending on their gender. One of those is flexible working. Half of UK employees would […]

November 10, 2017


Global funders back Applied, first spin out from the Behavioural Insights Team

We are delighted to announce that Applied, the online recruitment tool spun out from the Behavioural Insights Team, has successfully raised funding which will enable it to scale its operations worldwide. Applied started as a project within BIT, when we began to change our internal hiring practices in line with latest research. We discovered that […]

November 8, 2017


Changing teachers’ attitudes toward corporal punishment

Physical punishment — from hitting children with sticks to making them kneel to slapping them — occurs every day in classrooms throughout the world. Yet we know experiences of violence at school are linked to lower attendance and academic achievement as well as higher drop-out rates. In turn, lower educational attainment rates among girls can have effects across generations, leading to […]

November 7, 2017


Vacancy: Interim General Counsel (Maternity Cover), London

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to join us as the interim General Counsel in our London office. The successful applicant will be the sole in-house lawyer supporting the BIT Group of Companies worldwide.  Candidates must be comfortable taking pragmatic and commercial day to day decisions on a wide range of […]

November 1, 2017


Running RCTs with complex interventions

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard” – JFK It is no secret that we are big fans  of the use of randomised controlled trials as a means of working out whether a policy is working. RCTs […]

November 1, 2017


About that extra hour: how Daylight Saving Time affects our behaviour

For those of us who have ever had a bad night’s sleep, it probably won’t come as a surprise that how well rested we are affects our behaviour. In Scarcity, for example, reductions in cognitive power are put in the context of a lost night of sleep. But what about the impact of much smaller […]

October 30, 2017


Thriving at work: how to improve our mental health and productivity

Today sees the publication of the Thriving at Work report, commissioned by the Prime Minister. It was co-authored by Paul Farmer, CEO of MIND, and Lord Dennis Stevenson, businessman and entrepreneur, who has also been open about his own battles with mental health. At a celebration hosted by Dennis yesterday evening to thank all those […]

October 26, 2017


Test+Build for Charities: a new tool to support volunteering and fundraising

It’s been three months since we launched Test+Build, our venture that helps organisations design their own interventions informed by behavioural science and then test them with a randomised controlled trial. We’re currently working with 5 organisations on issues such as tax compliance to get trials up and running. Now we’re excited to launch a new […]

October 26, 2017


Improving road safety: new results

On 17 August 1896, Bridget Driscoll – a 44 year-old housewife from Croydon – was travelling to a folk-dancing display in Crystal Palace. On her way there she was hit by a car. She died minutes later from the resulting head injury, becoming the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a motorised […]

October 25, 2017