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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

Behavioural Insights for Education: A practical guide for parents, teachers and school leaders

Yesterday, at the Telegraph Festival for Education here in the UK, we released our most recent publication, Behavioural Insights for Education – a practical guide for parents, teachers and school leaders. We’ve had the privilege of working with Pearson Education on this publication and are really excited to get this into the hands of parents, teachers […]

June 22, 2017

Applying behavioural insights in Asia’s city state

We set up BIT Singapore nine months ago to continue our mission to deliver rigorous social impact across the world. Singapore’s Public Service is one of the most innovative and effective in the world. We have been fortunate enough to have experienced this first-hand in our joint work on financial adequacy, unemployment, tax compliance, and […]

June 21, 2017

Introducing Test+Build – a BI Venture

Test+Build: a new tool to help you run your own randomised controlled trial. Register your interest here.  Work in fraud, error, and debt, and especially tax compliance and collection, has always been a core part of what the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) does. One of our favourite pieces of work is still that first HMRC […]

June 16, 2017

Lifting the lid on a live project: Bringing behavioural insights into NHS procurement

In his February 2016 independent report, Lord Carter announced the creation of a ‘model hospital’. The purpose of this imaginary hospital is to show ‘what good looks like’ by providing a set of metrics, best practice checklists and benchmarks for other hospitals to build into their procurement processes. This is a much-needed endeavour. Lord Carter […]

June 14, 2017

Work with us in London

Independent Chairperson and Non-Executive Director Three-year appointment Up to £5,000 per annum Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking to recruit an Independent Chairperson and Non-Executive Director to the corporate trustee of BIT’s Employee Benefit Trust (EBT). The Chairperson will work alongside our two employee representative trustee Directors (one of whom also represents the […]

May 31, 2017

We’re hiring in London and New York

Project Coordinator, London The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as a Project Coordinator to work in two of our policy teams (Productivity and Communities, Health, Employment, Equality and Revenue) based in our London office. As a Project Coordinator, you will be engaged in a number of tasks to support the successful […]

May 18, 2017

Work with us to create a code for online decisions and ethics

We now have endless new ways to connect, learn, and share ideas at our fingertips. Digital technology is playing an increasingly important role in our society. While this networked age is often empowering, navigating online environments is challenging. Children and teenagers are the first generation to have grown up surrounded by digital technology, with more […]

May 17, 2017