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Capacity building work in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Guatemala

As a social purpose company, we want to maximise the amount of good we can do. This often means capacity building—supporting partners around the world to achieve social impact at scale. Over the past 20 months, in one of our largest capacity building programmes to date, BIT has been working alongside government partners in Indonesia, […]

October 19, 2018


50,000 candidates have now applied for jobs through Applied – the Behavioural Insights Team’s first BI Venture

In the early 1970s, only one in twenty people in the top five US orchestras were women. Now that figure is more like one in three. As Harvard Professor Iris Bohnet explains in her book on ‘what works’ to reduce gender inequality, one of the reasons for this shift is the way that US orchestras […]

October 17, 2018


Building stronger, more cohesive societies using behavioural insights: new report

In cohesive societies people trust each other, feel part of a shared identity and are able to work together to create a common good. In turn, these societies tend to be happier, richer and more peaceful. However, multicultural societies face particular challenges in building social cohesion, as people tend to be less trusting of others […]

October 16, 2018


Robert Taylor appointed new chair of the Behavioural Insights Team

Robert Taylor has been appointed as non-executive director and chair at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). Robert joins the social purpose company with more than three decades’ experience across the financial and creative industries, most recently at the Financial Conduct Authority, where he focuses on global asset management regulation. He is the former Chief Executive […]

October 12, 2018


Data sharing and the importance of choice architecture in healthcare: new results

GDPR has made us all more aware of how our personal data is shared and collected. But how much do we understand the data sharing choices presented to us? It’s a question especially relevant in the context of the UK National Health Service, which collects and analyses a range of personal information. What is confidential […]

October 10, 2018


Reducing rent arrears in social housing

BIT has been working with Metropolitan1, a housing association with approximately 40,000 properties, mainly in East Midlands, East Anglia and London since early 2017. Rent arrears are a challenge for Metropolitan – as they are for many social landlords – with around 15-20% of Metropolitan customers in arrears at any one time. And with Universal Credit replacing […]

October 9, 2018


Teachers’ wellbeing matters

The mental health and wellbeing of students in our schools has rightly become a priority in recent years. However, one of the essential components of a students’ educational experience, including that of their mental wellbeing, has been overlooked – their teachers. Today marks the 24th annual World Teachers’ Day – a prime opportunity to recognise […]

October 4, 2018


Behavioural Exchange returning to London: 5-6 September 2019

We are delighted to announce that the next Behavioural Exchange Conference (BX2019) will be taking place on the 5th and 6th of September 2019 at the QEII Centre in central London.   Behavioural Exchange is, we believe, the biggest conference of its kind anywhere in the world. Its aim is to connect policy-makers, academics and […]

October 4, 2018


Calling all employers looking to improve staff health & wellbeing

BIT is looking for a partner organisation to take part in a new cutting-edge research project designed to improve employee health and wellbeing. This project is part of BIT’s ongoing collaboration with UCL and is free for organisations to take part in. Our idea When considering contexts in which health behaviours can be improved via […]

October 3, 2018


Randomisation and the Avengers – a critique of Thanos’ methodology

🚨 SPOILERS—Don’t read this post if you haven’t seen the latest Avengers film! 🚨 Before Chadwick Boseman, before Chris Hemsworth – before even Robert Downey Junior, comic books and superheroes were the exclusive domain of nerds. In these dark days, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is everywhere, with millions of people now in a position […]

September 21, 2018