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At BIT, we send a lot of text messages. It’s not just us – other behavioural scientists use them a lot too. In fact, you could wonder aloud whether we have any other ideas. In the last six years we’ve used text messages to increase fine repayments, GCSE pass-rates, University engagement, and the quality of […]
February 1, 2018
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard” – JFK It is no secret that we are big fans of the use of randomised controlled trials as a means of working out whether a policy is working. RCTs […]
November 1, 2017
We are looking for Associate Advisors to join our Research and Evaluation Team. The research and evaluation team works across the policy spectrum on randomised controlled trial design, intervention design, and evaluation. Candidates should have a strong social science background, ideally with some research experience or a good level of technical skill (for example in […]
August 19, 2015
“Powered to Detect Small Effect Sizes”: You keep saying that. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Last month Aisling Ni Chonaire and I published a new Working Paper through the The Centre for Market and Public Organisation research centre. The paper explores how researchers can choose a sample size large enough to detect an effect in a randomised control trial, but small enough to make the trial workable. They have focussed […]
June 2, 2015
Dr Ben Goldacre’s Radio 4 programme about the use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in public policy is well worth a listen. The programme includes guest appearances from members of the Behavioural Insights Team, with whom Ben wrote a paper on how policymakers can use RCTs to test new interventions.
January 8, 2013
One of Professor Thaler’s mantras is “we can’t do evidence based policy without evidence”. As a team, we are keen advocates of the use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in government. But when talking about our trials we are often confronted with the question: “How do you decide what to test?” Of course we make […]
December 19, 2012