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Using behavioral insights to support early child development in the Syria response

We are living in a time when more families have been forced from their homes by conflict and crisis than at any other time since World War II. The most vulnerable among these are children. Refugee children are often deprived of educational opportunities, some are separated from their families, and all are affected by their […]

August 25, 2017


Rethinking public health using behavioural science

How could – and should – findings from behavioural science make us approach public health differently? This week, BIT offered a provocative answer to this question in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. It was also a question addressed by over 100 academics and practitioners at a recent workshop organised by BIT and Harvard’s Behavioral Insights […]

August 23, 2017


Behavioural Science Executive Education Programme – register your interest now

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and Warwick Business School (WBS) have launched an Executive Education Programme. We think it’s one of the first programmes of its kind – a collaboration between an academic institution and BIT that combines a deep dive into the academic literature with a practical focus on solving real world problems. The […]

August 17, 2017


Keeping projects on track: Overcoming cognitive biases in project planning and delivery

Much of our work focuses on how policymakers can use a more sophisticated understanding of behaviour to make better policy, and this includes thinking about the cognitive biases that affect all of us. However these same psychological quirks also affect policymakers in their own work – so how can we improve these organisational decisions? We […]

August 15, 2017


More evidence on the power of role models

We have written here before about the power of inspirational role models to change young people’s beliefs and behaviours when it comes to their education. We, and others, have repeatedly found that having a positive, relatable role model can have substantial impacts on young people’s interest in applying to university, and is particularly effective at […]

July 31, 2017


Why England’s 11 new Research Schools are an exciting step forward for education

Yesterday Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the government was to fund 11 Research Schools, bringing the total to 22 nationally. At BIT, we are very pleased to be working in partnership with one of these new Research schools, the Blue School in Wells. The Blue School has been appointed the research […]

July 13, 2017


Be the Business: boosting productivity in the UK

This morning saw the launch of ‘Be the Business’, the new movement from the UK’s Productivity Leadership Group (PLG). The breakfast event was glitzy and polished, hosted in the cool London base of Channel 4, rather than a standard conference venue. An interesting element is that it is led by business, for business. Charlie Mayfield, […]

July 11, 2017


A first for children’s social care: findings from our new trial

For children growing up in turbulent households the outcomes are stark. Young people in receipt of social care attain drastically lower than average GCSE grades, have an increased chance of suffering poor physical and mental health and, worryingly, are more likely to have offspring who endure a similarly detrimental childhood. Social services play a crucial […]

July 7, 2017


The world’s behavioural experts descend on Singapore for BX2017

Over the last couple of days, the Singaporean government hosted 400 practitioners from government, academia and business for the 4th Behavioural Exchange (BX) conference. The aim of the annual conference is to showcase the best examples from around the world of applying behavioural science to public policy. We have picked a few examples below to […]

June 30, 2017


Hiring, honeybees and human decision-making

Dozens of studies have shown that the choices we make over what we eat, how we save, and even how we vote can be affected by how those choices are presented: their ‘choice architecture’. Research has found, for example, that the order of candidates’ names on a ballot sheet can influence election outcomes (you want […]

June 29, 2017