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Exploring the boundary between thinking fast and slow: a tribute to Anne Treisman

Attention. It lies at the boundary between perceiving, and thinking, fast and slow. In our everyday experience, attention, awareness and consciousness are intimately linked. Can you feel your toes? Well now you can. A few moments ago, you probably weren’t aware of them, but now your attention is drawn to them you can feel them, […]

February 22, 2018


Improving the experience of non-traditional university students

Great progress has been made in improving access to university in the UK, including work conducted by colleagues at BIT [1] [2]. However, disadvantage does not vanish the moment a student steps onto campus. In fact, “widening participation” students (those from backgrounds that mean they are less likely to enter higher education) participate systematically less […]

February 20, 2018


EAST en español y nuestro trabajo en América Latina

(This post is also available in English) Cuando hablamos de nuestro trabajo en el Reino Unido frecuentemente nos hacen la pregunta: ¿podría algo así funcionar también en otros países? Durante los últimos cuatro años hemos estado colaborando con Gobiernos en América Latina aplicando nuestra metodología, y encontramos que la respuesta es: ¡Sí! En nuestro primer […]

February 13, 2018


EAST in Spanish and our work in Latin America

(This post is also available in Spanish) When we talk about our work in the United Kingdom, we are often asked the question: Will our approach also work in other countries? Over the past four years we have been collaborating with governments in Latin America applying our methodology, and we found that the answer is: […]

February 13, 2018


One letter that triples energy switching

In the UK, 9.5 million households can save over £300 a year by switching energy supplier. For many people that is a substantial boost to their household budget, and yet in a survey of UK consumers, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that 34% of respondents had never considered switching supplier. This can be […]

February 12, 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


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


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


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