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BIT is recruiting

The Behavioural Insights Team is recruiting again. We have job openings at various different levels, including Principal Advisors, Senior Advisors and Advisors. The Behavioural Insights Team brings people together with different skills sets. So we are looking for candidates who have in-depth experience in one of several relevant fields, who can work as part of […]

December 1, 2014


Press release: new $1m partnership between the Behavioural Insights Team and Harvard

Press release: new $1m partnership between the Behavioural Insights Team and Harvard A new partnership has been established by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in the UK and the Behavioural Insights Group (BIG) at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The partnership is supported by a grant from the Sloan […]

August 7, 2014


Creating Oppositions in Academia and Policy

Every now and again an article appears in the UK press that we think needs a bit of clarification. One such article appeared in the Observer over the weekend: link. Creating oppositions between academics and organisations is a nice journalistic device – and of course, a well-established pattern in academic journals and the promotion of […]

June 3, 2014


BIT and BIS launch The Behavioural Insights Research Centre for English and Maths

We are delighted to announce that the Behavioural Insights Team and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills are setting up a new research centre. The Centre will develop and test interventions informed by behavioural science that can help improve adult literacy and numeracy and be scaled up by UK government policy makers. We’re really […]

April 8, 2014


Tim Harford on behavioural economics in public policy

Last weekend, Tim Harford published this article in the Financial Times on the use of behavioural economics in public policy. Using our recent organ donation trial as an example – where we tested eight variants of a similar message to find out which was most effective at increasing the sign-up rate to the organ donation […]

March 28, 2014


The Behavioural Insights Team – a social purpose company

After three and a half years in Number 10 and the Cabinet Office, today the Behavioural Insights Team is being ‘spun out’ of government and set up as a social purpose company. We will continue to work for the Cabinet Office, which will be our first and principal client. But we will now start to […]

February 4, 2014


Interview with BIT Director

Happy New Year readers! For our first post of 2014, we’d like to highlight this interview with David Halpern, our Director, published over the weekend.

January 7, 2014


The Independent supports use of Behavioural Insights

The Independent has published an editorial supporting the use of Behavioural Insights across government. The editorial, which cites our research on tax collection as well as our new report on encouraging organ donation, argues that the use of Behavioural Insights will make government both cheaper and better. The article goes on to say that “The […]

December 30, 2013


BIT in the New York Times

It is not uncommon for BIT to appear in the media, but we’d like to highlight this extended piece in the New York Times last weekend. Interviewing several members of the team, the article looks at where some of the ideas we develop into trials come from, as well as touching on aspects of BIT’s […]

December 10, 2013


Telegraph article on the Behavioural Insights Team

Today’s Telegraph reports on some of the team’s work over the past two years, including: increasing the rate of tax payment; increasing the uptake of loft insulation; helping to get job seekers back into work.

February 11, 2013