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Decision-making in children’s social care: quantitative analysis

Every day, social work practitioners make decisions about the wellbeing of thousands of vulnerable children and families. These decisions are often complex, concerning emotive issues in conditions of uncertainty. They are often made under both time and resource pressure. This report uses raw data on social work cases to reveal decision-making patterns.

Applying behavioural insights to regulated markets

In this report we set out a new vision, arguing that placing behavioural insights at the heart of regulation will reap significant benefits for consumers.

Behavioural insights and healthier lives

Dr David Halpern, CEO of the UK-based Behavioural Insights Team, summarises his stint as VicHealth’s inaugural Leading Thinker. Throughout his residency, David’s influence has introduced behavioural insights to VicHealth and partners as an approach to address the health and wellbeing issues facing Victoria.

Smart Meters Derogation Guidance: supporting energy supplier applications for trials of in-home display alternatives

Behavioural Insights Team, Madano and DECC co-drafted guidance for energy suppliers who wish to seek a derogation from the requirement to offer domestic consumers an In Home Display (IHD) as part of a smart meter installation, in order to trial alternative In Home Displays (IHDs).

Reducing Mobile Phone Theft and Improving Security – Paper 2

This paper provides an updated picture of mobile phone theft, including an updated Mobile Phone Theft Ratio, to provide a more contemporary picture capturing the impact that the security features introduced by manufacturers have had on levels of theft.

Making the change: Behavioural factors in person- and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing

Drawing on robust studies of what influences behaviour, this report sets out a number of factors that can lead to greater involvement in self-care. It is aimed at policymakers, commissioners, service designers and organisations working to promote more person- and community-centered approaches for health and wellbeing.

Evaluating Youth Social Action – Final Report

Can you really measure the value of young people taking part in social action? This report provides compelling and robust evidence that young people who take part in social action initiatives develop some of the most critical skills for employment and adulthood in the process.

A head for hiring: the behavioural science of recruitment and selection

This report, written for the CIPD by the Behavioural Insights Team, outlines ways in which harnessing knowledge about how we actually behave can help those engaged in recruitment to improve outcomes for organisations.

Behavioural Insights and the Somerset Challenge

The Somerset Challenge comissioned the Behavioural Insights Team to apply findings from behavioural science to problems faced in Somerset Schools.

The Behavioural Insights Team Update 2013-2015

The Update Report covers the past two years of the Behavioural Insights Team’s work. It’s been an exciting period for the team. We’ve managed to expand the breadth and scale of our work (having now run more than 150 trials across almost every area of policy). But the core of what we do remains the same as when we started life in No. 10 5 years ago: making public services more cost-effective and easier for citizens to use; improving outcomes by introducing a more realistic model of human behaviour to policy; and wherever possible, enabling people to make ‘better choices for themselves’.