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Helping our public service leaders – the new Centre for Public Services Leadership

In 1997, leaders from Cardiff’s local authority, police, city licensing regulators, an emergency department and a local university met to discuss a problem. Violent crime was increasing in the city at a disturbing rate. Something had to be done. Seven years later, violence-related hospital admissions were down by 35% and serious violence by 42%. Estimates […]

October 29, 2018


Jeremy Heywood

It’s so far back that I can’t even be sure when I first met Jeremy Heywood. Perhaps when trying to sneak a note into the then Prime Minister Tony Blair’s red box that sat on his desk. Or sorting out arrangements for the newly founded (Forward) Strategy Unit. Probably even before that, in the early […]

October 25, 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


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


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


Rich and poor: what’s in a number? New measure for poverty from the Social Metrics Commission

Today sees the publication of new proposals from the Social Metrics Commission. Its report sets out a new measurement framework for poverty in the UK. It’s surprisingly tricky to get a group of experts – or the general public – to agree who is rich and poor, let alone what to do about it. If […]

September 18, 2018


Building Smart Peace – BIT joins conflict resolution consortium

The number of people displaced by violence and conflict reached 68.5 million by the end of 2017. BIT is already working to apply behavioural insights to challenges in refugee camps, such as promoting early childhood development and reducing corporal punishment in schools. We are excited to announce that BIT will now work to support peace […]

September 11, 2018


Central banking: when communication is the policy

“Sometimes, the explanation is the policy” — Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve 2014-2018 The psychological and behavioural economics literatures have had a transformative impact on how we understand people’s financial and personal decision-making. Studies have shown that more information isn’t always better, that defaulting people into saving can help them save more, and […]

August 15, 2018


BX is coming back to London for 2019

Football’s not coming home (yet), but we’re delighted to confirm that the annual Behavioural Exchange (BX) conference will be held in London next year. Technically BX isn’t coming home either. The inaugural 2014 conference was held in Sydney, where it returned last month for BX2018. But it was London where BIT was established in 2010 […]

July 19, 2018


What do evidence and olives have in common?

People can learn in a number of ways – through direct instruction, such as early lessons from parents; through watching what other people do and learning from their actions; or through our own experiences and trial and error. Psychologists have long studied the way in which we learn from our experience as well as from […]

July 5, 2018