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Join us in Singapore: New Associate Advisor role

If you are passionate about applying behavioural insights to improve outcomes for individuals and organisations, apply to join us in Singapore as an Associate Advisor. As an Associate Advisor, you will: Assist in the design and delivery of projects across a broad range of policy areas. Develop expertise in BI-relevant policy knowledge and/or research methodology. […]

February 8, 2018

One hundred years of votes for women: what next to close the gender gap in politics?

Today marks one hundred years since some women in Britain got the right to vote. It’s an important milestone, with plenty to celebrate a century later — a record number of female female MPs entered Parliament in the last election. But the gender gap in political representation remains wide. Women make up only 32 percent […]

February 6, 2018

A busy week for evidence builders

Five years of What Works Monday saw the publication of a 5-year update on the UK’s What Works Network. The event was hosted at the Institute for Government and introduced by Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office. There’s a lot to be proud of. We’ve gone from having one such centre in […]

February 2, 2018

Why text?

At BIT, we send a lot of text messages. It’s not just us – other behavioural scientists use them a lot too. In fact, you could wonder aloud whether we have any other ideas. In the last six years we’ve used text messages to increase fine repayments, GCSE pass-rates, University engagement, and the quality of […]

February 1, 2018

A day in the life of… an Associate Research Advisor

My typical day… I arrive in the office between 8:30am and 10am, depending on what I have planned for the day. I grab a coffee, check through my emails and get back to anything that’s urgent, have a quick check-in with my manager, then make a to-do list for the day. On Mondays we have […]

December 26, 2017

The case for turkey sandwiches, and other food for thought this Christmas

With Christmas around the corner, many of us in the UK find ourselves frantically purchasing vast amounts of food. Turkeys, Christmas puddings, mince pies – all must-haves for Christmas day. Unilever estimated that during Christmas, on average, 263,000 turkeys, 740,000 slices of Christmas pudding and 7.5 million mince pies go to waste in the UK. […]

December 22, 2017

BIT Partners Win $100 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation

We are delighted to announce that our partners at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Sesame Workshop have been selected as the winners of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Challenge, a groundbreaking award providing $100 million to fund a critical problem facing the world today. IRC and Sesame Workshop have teamed up to develop the winning […]

December 21, 2017

BIT recruiting for new Chairperson

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking to appoint an Independent non-executive Chairperson to the Board. As we move forward with our 2020 Strategy we are looking for someone with strong and effective leadership ability to help underpin and support our plans for the next three years. The Chair will work with the Chief Executive to help […]

December 21, 2017

Why ethics matter online

Introduction Aristotle was not on Snapchat. We can only speculate about what would have been on Lao Tzu’s Tumblr. And Marcus Aurelius, mercifully, never had to update his Instagram Story. But although the world of apps and social media would have been alien to history’s great ethicists, the converse doesn’t have to be true: ethics […]

December 19, 2017

When should you bring a child to hospital?

There are obvious answers. Any child should go to an emergency department if they’ve been knocked unconscious or are struggling to breath. For less serious problems, like broken bones and infections, they can go to minor injuries units and urgent care centres. However, the majority of children do not attend paediatric emergency departments (PED) because […]

December 19, 2017