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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


Be the Business: boosting productivity in the UK

This morning saw the launch of ‘Be the Business’, the new movement from the UK’s Productivity Leadership Group (PLG). The breakfast event was glitzy and polished, hosted in the cool London base of Channel 4, rather than a standard conference venue. An interesting element is that it is led by business, for business. Charlie Mayfield, […]

July 11, 2017


A first for children’s social care: findings from our new trial

For children growing up in turbulent households the outcomes are stark. Young people in receipt of social care attain drastically lower than average GCSE grades, have an increased chance of suffering poor physical and mental health and, worryingly, are more likely to have offspring who endure a similarly detrimental childhood. Social services play a crucial […]

July 7, 2017


The world’s behavioural experts descend on Singapore for BX2017

Over the last couple of days, the Singaporean government hosted 400 practitioners from government, academia and business for the 4th Behavioural Exchange (BX) conference. The aim of the annual conference is to showcase the best examples from around the world of applying behavioural science to public policy. We have picked a few examples below to […]

June 30, 2017


Hiring, honeybees and human decision-making

Dozens of studies have shown that the choices we make over what we eat, how we save, and even how we vote can be affected by how those choices are presented: their ‘choice architecture’. Research has found, for example, that the order of candidates’ names on a ballot sheet can influence election outcomes (you want […]

June 29, 2017


Behavioural Insights for Education: A practical guide for parents, teachers and school leaders

Yesterday, at the Telegraph Festival for Education here in the UK, we released our most recent publication, Behavioural Insights for Education – a practical guide for parents, teachers and school leaders. We’ve had the privilege of working with Pearson Education on this publication and are really excited to get this into the hands of parents, teachers […]

June 22, 2017


Applying behavioural insights in Asia’s city state

We set up BIT Singapore nine months ago to continue our mission to deliver rigorous social impact across the world. Singapore’s Public Service is one of the most innovative and effective in the world. We have been fortunate enough to have experienced this first-hand in our joint work on financial adequacy, unemployment, tax compliance, and […]

June 21, 2017


Introducing Test+Build – a BI Venture

Test+Build: a new tool to help you run your own randomised controlled trial. Register your interest here.  Work in fraud, error, and debt, and especially tax compliance and collection, has always been a core part of what the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) does. One of our favourite pieces of work is still that first HMRC […]

June 16, 2017


Lifting the lid on a live project: Bringing behavioural insights into NHS procurement

In his February 2016 independent report, Lord Carter announced the creation of a ‘model hospital’. The purpose of this imaginary hospital is to show ‘what good looks like’ by providing a set of metrics, best practice checklists and benchmarks for other hospitals to build into their procurement processes. This is a much-needed endeavour. Lord Carter […]

June 14, 2017


Work with us in London

Independent Chairperson and Non-Executive Director Three-year appointment Up to £5,000 per annum Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking to recruit an Independent Chairperson and Non-Executive Director to the corporate trustee of BIT’s Employee Benefit Trust (EBT). The Chairperson will work alongside our two employee representative trustee Directors (one of whom also represents the […]

May 31, 2017