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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

We’re hiring in London: Research Advisor and Associate Research Advisor

We’re pleased to advertise two new roles in our London office: Research Advisor, London The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is recruiting one or more Research Advisors, who will support the Chief Scientist and the Head of Research Programmes to work across a range of projects. The successful candidate will support the design and implementation of trials to […]

September 8, 2017

When’s the right time to get people giving?

A lot of the behavioural biases that prevent us from achieving our goals have to do with time. We lament not having enough time to get everything done, and then spend hours binge-watching cooking shows. We all have that important task – like applying to university, or filling in our taxes, signing up for our […]

September 4, 2017

Join our London team: we’re hiring an Associate Advisor on health and social care

The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as an Associate Advisor in our Health team in London. The successful applicant will work on a range of projects applying behavioural insights to solve policy problems. The role is likely to include working on projects that aim to improve the way that health and […]

August 31, 2017

Using behavioral insights to support early child development in the Syria response

We are living in a time when more families have been forced from their homes by conflict and crisis than at any other time since World War II. The most vulnerable among these are children. Refugee children are often deprived of educational opportunities, some are separated from their families, and all are affected by their […]

August 25, 2017

Rethinking public health using behavioural science

How could – and should – findings from behavioural science make us approach public health differently? This week, BIT offered a provocative answer to this question in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. It was also a question addressed by over 100 academics and practitioners at a recent workshop organised by BIT and Harvard’s Behavioral Insights […]

August 23, 2017

Behavioural Science Executive Education Programme – register your interest now

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and Warwick Business School (WBS) have launched an Executive Education Programme. We think it’s one of the first programmes of its kind – a collaboration between an academic institution and BIT that combines a deep dive into the academic literature with a practical focus on solving real world problems. The […]

August 17, 2017

Keeping projects on track: Overcoming cognitive biases in project planning and delivery

Much of our work focuses on how policymakers can use a more sophisticated understanding of behaviour to make better policy, and this includes thinking about the cognitive biases that affect all of us. However these same psychological quirks also affect policymakers in their own work – so how can we improve these organisational decisions? We […]

August 15, 2017

More evidence on the power of role models

We have written here before about the power of inspirational role models to change young people’s beliefs and behaviours when it comes to their education. We, and others, have repeatedly found that having a positive, relatable role model can have substantial impacts on young people’s interest in applying to university, and is particularly effective at […]

July 31, 2017

Why England’s 11 new Research Schools are an exciting step forward for education

Yesterday Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the government was to fund 11 Research Schools, bringing the total to 22 nationally. At BIT, we are very pleased to be working in partnership with one of these new Research schools, the Blue School in Wells. The Blue School has been appointed the research […]

July 13, 2017