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Encouraging retirement planning through behavioural insights

Think about yourself the day after you retire. Will you be spending more time with your friends and family? Does this question make retirement feel closer, more real? In a recent study with over 70,000 people, this simple prompt substantially increased engagement with retirement planning. It was more effective than stating the benefits of retirement […]

July 27, 2018

Improving the annual electoral canvass

At BIT, we are constantly on the look-out for interventions that can scale dramatically at low or even no cost. That’s why we’re excited that some of our evidence-based interventions will hit millions of letter boxes across England, Scotland and Wales this summer. The Household Enquiry Form (HEF) plays a key role in keeping the […]

July 20, 2018

Are you well-calibrated? Results from a survey of 1,154 BIT readers

We recently invited blog readers to test whether their decision-making was affected by cognitive bias – and more than 1,000 of you took us up on the offer. Our survey showed people ten statements, then asked: whether they thought each statement was true or false, and how confident they were that their answer was correct. This […]

May 21, 2018

The benefits of rebalancing childcare

Kids in Finland are unique among their international counterparts – they are the only children to spend more time with their dads than with their mums. Could the Finnish model of childcare have lessons for the rest of us? Some research suggests that kids who spend time with their fathers in addition to their mothers […]

May 11, 2018

Inflated expectations? Our research on how to ask people about inflation

New results published in the Singapore Macroeconomic Review Central banks around the world want to know how people expect prices to change. Why does it matter? Suppose I want a new television. If I expect the price of that TV will be higher next year, I might choose to buy it immediately. I might even […]

May 3, 2018

Green means go: how to help patients make informed choices about their healthcare

More than four million people are waiting for specialist care in the NHS. At worst, people can wait more than a year for treatment. In many cases people have the option to choose an alternative, nearby service with shorter waiting times—but do not do so. Why is this? Sometimes people have a strong preference for […]

April 20, 2018

Measuring the impact of body worn video cameras on police behaviour and criminal justice outcomes

Introduction One of the most significant technical innovations in policing in recent years has been the emergence of the body worn video camera (BWVC), a form of closed circuit video. Though police forces across the world have begun to use the new technology to increase efficiency and improve policing outcomes, there have been relatively few […]

December 5, 2017

The Nest Learning Thermostat: Making energy savings easy

How many of us have our heating programmed to automatically come on when we get home? In which case, how often do we come home late, to find the heating has been on unnecessarily? Or perhaps we find ourselves watching TV, suddenly a little hot, realising we could have turned the thermostat down half an […]

November 30, 2017

Improving road safety: new results

On 17 August 1896, Bridget Driscoll – a 44 year-old housewife from Croydon – was travelling to a folk-dancing display in Crystal Palace. On her way there she was hit by a car. She died minutes later from the resulting head injury, becoming the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a motorised […]

October 25, 2017

Britain’s census matters. Can we boost participation and save money?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) plays a vital role in British life. Without ONS statistics, government and local authorities would not be able to calculate or understand inflation, immigration, or employment reliably, nor could government design and implement effective policies to manage those issues. Statistics determine how public funds are allocated and spent in […]

September 13, 2017