In partnership with

Elspeth Kirkman


Senior Vice President, North America

Elspeth is the Head of BIT North America, based in New York. Since its establishment in 2015, the North American office has run RCTs in over 30 US states, as well as taking on a growing portfolio of work in Canada and internationally. Our partners include: Bloomberg Philanthropies, whose What Works Cities program has supported our delivery of over 60 RCTs in its first two years; the International Rescue Committee; the City of New York; the Rideau Hall Foundation; and UNDP. Across our engagements we have worked on a range of policy issues, from housing choice, to charitable giving, to public health, and criminal justice.

Elspeth was previously BIT’s founding Director of the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge (ASK); a three year program of work investigating the applications of behavioural science to adult education. During her time with BIT, Elspeth has worked on a range of complex social issues, leading evaluations in settings as diverse as foster care, national school funding, and employment.

Prior to joining BIT, Elspeth was a senior consultant at a large consultancy firm.