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Catching cancer early in Greater Manchester: new trial results

Almost half of the UK population will get cancer during their lifetime. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical for improving cancer survival rates and quality of life, yet one in five cases of cancer is still detected late through emergency hospital admissions. The national cancer screening programmes (breast, cervical and bowel) are designed to catch […]

November 5, 2018


The rise of returners: New dynamic norm opens door to gender equality in the workplace

Earlier this year, UK companies with 250 employees or more published their Gender Pay Gap (GPG). With a national average of 18% difference in pay between men and women employees, many organisations are now wondering what they can do to close the gap. The lack of women at senior levels drives the GPG for most […]

October 23, 2018


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


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


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