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Behavioural Insights Team

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Description

The Behavioural Insights Team exists to improve people’s lives and communities. We work in partnership with governments, local authorities, businesses and charities, often using simple changes to tackle major policy problems.

The Team has grown from a seven-person unit at the heart of the UK government to a global social purpose company with offices around the world. Our work spanned 31 countries in the last year alone.

Our mission remains the same. We generate and apply behavioural insights to inform policy, improve public services and deliver results for citizens and society.

In addition to our own interventions, we openly share expertise and help others build capacity and skills to apply behavioural science. Our staff have conducted over a thousand workshops and training courses for governments around the world, training 20,000 civil servants and practitioners in behavioural insights. We have also launched an Executive Education programme with Warwick Business School. We publish our work in annual updates and regular policy reports, in peer-reviewed academic publications, and through regular blog posts on this website.

Committed to social impact, we invest our own resources to remain at the cutting-edge. Our Impact Opportunity Fund allows us to sponsor programmes with great potential for public good, but no immediate alternative funding opportunities.

We translate the best of behavioural science into policy and practice. Our skilled and experienced staff comprise ex-civil servants, policy specialists and academics from disciplines including behavioural economics, social psychology, neuroscience and anthropology.

Our international panel of world-leading academic affiliatesincludes Professor Richard Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics, and Theresa Marteau, director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge. We also have a formal partnership with Harvard University’s Behavioral Insights Group (BIG) and close relationships with several universities, including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and University of Pennsylvania.

We are jointly owned by the UK Cabinet Office, innovation charity, Nesta, and our employees.

Items authored

Annual Report

24 Jan 2019

Executive summary

The Behavioural Insights Team exists to improve people’s lives and communities. We work in partnership with governments, local authorities, businesses and charities, often using simple changes to tackle major policy problems.

Over the last eight years, the Team has grown...

Items published

Annual Report

24 Jan 2019

Executive summary

The Behavioural Insights Team exists to improve people’s lives and communities. We work in partnership with governments, local authorities, businesses and charities, often using simple changes to tackle major policy problems.

Over the last eight years, the Team has grown...

Report

How behavioural insights can improve employment policies and programmes
28 Nov 2018

This report looks at the available evidence and draws out the broader insights learned from the work that BIT and others have done in this space, with an eye to what is practical and universal. Its objective is to give policymakers and researchers around the...

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