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Measuring the impact of body worn video cameras on police behaviour and criminal justice outcomes

Introduction One of the most significant technical innovations in policing in recent years has been the emergence of the body worn video camera (BWVC), a form of closed circuit video. Though police forces across the world have begun to use the new technology to increase efficiency and improve policing outcomes, there have been relatively few […]

December 5, 2017

Job opportunity: Research Assistant at Nesta

Research Assistant – Nesta Position: Part time research opportunity, 3-4 days per week from January – April 2018. Fee: £200 per day Location: Westminster Nesta are looking for an exceptional candidate to support a Randomised Controlled Trial in secondary schools from mid-Jan 2018 to around late April 2018. The project seeks to improve parental engagement […]

December 2, 2017

The Nest Learning Thermostat: Making energy savings easy

How many of us have our heating programmed to automatically come on when we get home? In which case, how often do we come home late, to find the heating has been on unnecessarily? Or perhaps we find ourselves watching TV, suddenly a little hot, realising we could have turned the thermostat down half an […]

November 30, 2017

The UK’s new Industrial Strategy: a modern foundation for economic growth

Traditionally, Industrial Strategy conjures images of furnaces and molten metal. In turn, the language of economic policy – productivity, innovation, competitive advantage, regulation – hardly sparks the imagination. Today’s launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper should help shift these perceptions. The Strategy is formed around five foundations (ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment, […]

November 27, 2017

Behavioural Insights in Australia

In Everett Rogers’s classic text, The Diffusion of Innovations, he argues that it helps that good ideas are effective. But it’s often not quite enough. For innovations to really take hold, they need to have the capacity to be trialled and reinvented in different contexts. People need to be able to test, learn and adapt […]

November 26, 2017

Applying behavioural insights to labour markets

Employment is perhaps one of the areas that can benefit the most from the application of behavioural insights and robust evaluation. From both the supply and demand side of the labour market, small changes can have big effects. Small percentage increase to employment figures can mean substantial wellbeing improvements to citizens and communities, and large […]

November 23, 2017

When attempts to improve the treatment of women fail

The recent spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace has led employers from Hollywood to Westminster to think about how they treat women. This, alongside the introduction of the new requirement for employers to report their Gender Pay Gap, means it is a good time to ask the question: what do we know about what […]

November 23, 2017

BI Ventures is hiring: help us drive our flagship products Predictiv and Promptable

BI Ventures is expanding! We are looking for excellent candidates to drive two of our flagship products in the following roles: Head of Growth (Founding Team), Predictiv Head of Growth (Founding Team), Promptable To scale Promptable and Predictiv we need people who can drive the product strategy, lead on global customer acquisition and retention, and eventually grow […]

November 20, 2017

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