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A review of optimism bias, planning fallacy, sunk cost bias and groupthink in project delivery and organisational decision making
A literature review to accompany our full report, An Exploration of Behavioural Biases in Project Delivery at the Department for Transport
This report looks into how behavioural biases might affect decision-making and delivery of projects within the Department for Transport, and how to overcome them.
In 2014, the Department for Education funded the Social Work Innovation Fund, which aimed to encourage new thinking in how children’s services support young people. The Behavioural Insights Team have conducted an evaluation of one pilot funded through the Innovation Fund, Project Crewe.
This guide looks to equip parents, teachers and school leaders with more tools to make a difference in students’ academic lives by setting out simple techniques informed by behavioural science. While policymakers and educational researchers have traditionally focused on big ‘structural’ factors, such as class sizes or budgets, behavioural scientists have instead been looking at the details of what parents, teachers and school leaders say and do.
Results from a randomised controlled trial that found that sending letters to young people influences their behaviour when applying to university.
Applying new insights about behaviour can lead to better health outcomes at a lower cost. This report gives an overview of these insights and shows how they can be applied in practice.
Over the past year, our North American office, based in New York, has worked with midsized cities across the U.S. through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities (WWC) initiative. Today BIT North America launches its first report: a practical guide to the application of behavioral science in US cities. Drawing on the results of over 25 trials led by BIT over the past year, we show how this approach can improve take-up of services, make government requests as effective as possible and build a stronger government workforce.
This report puts forward 18 recommendations on how behavioural science can improve opportunity in the UK in six key policy areas: consumer credit; rainy day savings; employment; welfare entitlements; child development; and post-secondary education.
For the last two years, BIT has been working with Remember A Charity and Professor Sarah Smith from the University of Bristol to learn more about people’s motivation to leave legacy gifts. As part of this programme of research, we have conducted eight randomised controlled trials with solicitors firms. Each of these trials is individually smaller than our previous study with Co-Operative Legal Services, but we can learn much from them in combination.
The Mexican Institute for Behavioural Economics has published their Behavioural Economics Guide. The guide, one of the first of its kind to be written in Spanish, focuses on the application of behavioural economics to public policy. Covering a range of topics, the guide includes a chapter written by the Behavioural Insights team, which discusses the application of behavioural economics to tax payments in Guatemala.