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London-based job opportunities

Advisor, Employment and Welfare Policy Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary range: £30,000 – £45,000 per annum, plus benefits Based in Westminster The Employment and Welfare team is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as an Advisor. The successful applicant is likely to work on projects that aim to apply behavioural science to create an effective welfare system […]

November 16, 2016

Transformation and Inspiration – the EEF at 5

This week the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) celebrated its fifth birthday. Over the course of a few short years, the EEF has achieved truly remarkable things. One hundred randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in education have been commissioned by the EEF in that time – orders of magnitude more than had been conducted before in the […]

November 14, 2016

The soft drinks levy is working before it has even been applied

Back in March of this year, the government announced the introduction of a soft drinks levy (or ‘sugar tax’). At the time, we published a blog pointing out that the levy’s success would depend greatly on how producers responded to it. Although shifting customer purchases is important, we predicted that the biggest health impacts would […]

November 11, 2016

Job opportunities in London

Technical Lead, Data Science and Ventures Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary range: £35,000 – £45,000 pro rata per annum, plus benefits Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for an exceptional candidate (or candidates) to work across our BI Ventures and Data Science teams as a Technical Lead. The role will involve […]

November 9, 2016

Policymaking: should we be ‘messier’?

Last week, we were lucky enough to be joined by the FT’s Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, who came to talk to us about his excellent new book Messy. The central premise of the book is that we often succumb to the temptation of a tidy-minded approach to getting something done, but we could be better […]

November 8, 2016

Building Character Skills – What Works?

A wide variety of skills are needed for success in life. The traditional focus of policymakers on academic achievement as a marker of people’s talents can cause them to miss the importance of non-cognitive skills, also called character skills. There is now growing evidence that these skills – which include things like conscientiousness, motivation, and creativity […]

October 31, 2016

Behavioral Insights and the City

From ancient Athens to modern New York, cities have long provided crucibles for human interaction, thriving and faltering in equal measure on the density and diversity of the lives within them. With 2 out of every 3 of us set to live in cities by 2050, it is hardly surprising that we find ample opportunities […]

October 24, 2016

Poverty and decision-making: How behavioural science can improve opportunity in the UK

A third of the UK population spent at least one year in relative income poverty between 2011 and 2014. Traditionally policymakers and anti-poverty organisations such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) have focused on boosting people’s economic capital (e.g., income) and human capital (e.g., educational attainment) to reduce poverty. While investments in these areas have […]

October 20, 2016

Applying behavioural insights to legacy giving

Legacy giving is an important part of the landscape of charitable giving in the UK, accounting for almost a quarter of all donations, with many charities dependent on these donations to survive. However, while a third (35 per cent) of people say that they would be happy to leave a gift in their will, only […]

October 18, 2016

Reflections on the rise of evidence-based policymaking

You know how it is: you spend months waiting for the next global summit on evidence, and then when the invitations arrive they’re all scheduled at the same time. Recent weeks saw two held in London, and a few people missed them because of a rival summit in the USA! Poor timing, but the headcount […]

October 13, 2016