How to build a Net Zero society
Kristina Londakova, Izzy Brennan, Andrew Schein, Jake Reynolds, Ed Whincup, Edwin Chan, Marcos Pelenur, David Halpern
Tackling climate change is not only a moral and legal obligation in the UK, but is also the growth opportunity of the 21st century, and is backed by huge public support. This report builds on several years’ research and dozens of case studies across the...
Communication counts: helping small business supervisors support ill and injured workers to return to the workplace
For this project, BETA collaborated with Safe Work Australia to adapt existing return to work materials for use by supervisors in Small and Medium Enterprises and undertook a literature review, stakeholder consultation, and data analysis.
Climate change: concern, behaviour and the six Australias
The results from this study have been analysed across three different categories: climate change audience segments, civic behaviours and private behaviours. These themes have been further segmented to discuss the implications of age and gender on environmental behaviours.
Misinformation and disinformation: an international effort using behavioural science to tackle the spread of misinformation
This paper outlines some key behavioural insights to help improve policy responses to stop the spread of mis- and dis-information.
Good practice principles for ethical behavioural science in public policy
Like any policy-making tool, the use of behavioural insights must be subject to ethical considerations that can arise at any point from scoping to policy scaling. This good practice guide offers practitioners and policy-makers step-by-step guidance to prompt deliberations into how to use behavioural science...
Reordering food options on delivery apps could help to reduce obesity
Obesity is one of the biggest health challenges in the United Kingdom. This paper explores whether reordering food options on delivery apps could help reduce obesity.
Improving organ donor registration among young adults
Many more people want to be organ donors than have actually registered. Around 9 out of every 10 adults say they support organ donation, but only 4 out of every 10 have actually registered. As part of a targeted research campaign, the Organ and Tissue...
Strengthening spirit and culture
This report builds the evidence base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s healing programs. It promotes the benefits of men and boys reconnecting with cultural values and shows clearly that government investment in Aboriginal community-led men’s healing and behaviour change programs delivers better healing...
Improving energy bills: final report
The report applies behavioural insights to the design of energy bills. It will inform the Australian Energy Regulator’s development of a new, 'Better Bills Guideline', in order to simplify energy bills so consumers can better understand and manage their energy usage and costs and find...
Citizen perspectives on public services during life events: final report
This report details an analysis of the Citizen Experience Survey - a regular, national survey measuring public satisfaction, trust and experiences with Australian public services.
Reducing stigma to improve take-up of rental assistance
Policy makers are investing heavily in rental assistance programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper discusses a randomised experiment to evaluate the effect of reducing the psychological costs associated with accessing emergency rental assistance on benefit take-up, and on subsequent eviction rates.
Nudge and co-design: complementary or contradictory approaches?
Nudge and co-design are gaining popularity as innovative approaches to solving policy problems. An article in Policy Studies compares these two approaches. It also reflects on the implications for policy effectiveness, political trust and government legitimacy.
Gather. Grow. Graduate.
BETA built and tested a new mobile app to help university students gather important support groups, grow their resilience and stay on track to graduate. This report outlines the research findings from the project.
Regulatory capability – reflecting on what makes a ‘good regulator’
While the enforcement end of regulation is undoubtedly necessary, it is more helpful to start with the overarching objective of regulation: changing the behaviour of the regulated community.
Triggering financial behaviour change
The Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) delivers a range of financial capability seminars and workshops in workplaces and communities under the Sorted brand. Evaluations of Sorted programmes show that many participants change their financial behaviour after completion. The aim of this research was to explore...
Social norms or enforcement? A natural field experiment to improve traffic and parking fine compliance
Very little is known about the efficient collection of fines, despite their indispensable contribution to local government budgets. This paper fills a gap in the literature by studying the effectiveness of deterrence (enforcement) and non-deterrence (social norms) letters that aim to improve the collection of...
The Method is being published chapter-by-chapter via the Monash Bridges/Figshare platform over 2021. The aim the guide is to clearly explain the thinking behind the resource, and provide instructions on how specific tools within it can be used to design better behaviour change programs.
Leading Thinker residency: behavioural insights and gender equality - final report
The VicHealth Leading Thinkers initiative translates pioneering global approaches in behavioural insights into practical strategies and applications for Victorian organisations. This report outlines the key achievements of the residency, along with some reflections on the journey.
What are the characteristics of effective youth offender programs?
This review consolidates research on the practical implementation of tertiary youth offender programs to identify the design, delivery and implementation factors associated with positive changes in youth offending behaviours.
The little book of green nudges
This publication presents a quick guide to reducing university campus' environmental impact through behavioural change. It summarises the evidence around what 'nudges' work best while seeking to encourage more sustainable practices among students and staff across several behavioural categories.
Nomophobia: is the fear of being without a smartphone associated with problematic use?
Mobile phones are changing behaviour, relationships, communication and the dynamics of physical environments. This article aims to determine if 'nomophobia' (the fear of being without one’s mobile phone) can increase the likelihood of problematic dependent, prohibited and dangerous mobile phone use.
Three steps for regulators to embrace behavioural science
This article outlines three rules to help regulators gain the greatest benefit from new and applied research in behavioural science.
Towards a Lean behaviour evaluation system in Latin American construction
This research seeks to identify the main competences of professionals in charge of Lean implementations in Construction Projects from a Latin American point of view, as a basis for the development of key behavioural indicators (KBI).
COVID-19 and compliance: what makes people stick to the rules?
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the biggest experiment in rapid behaviour change in the 21st century, as governments try to persuade and regulate entire populations to make huge changes to their lives for the common good.
Why do people comply? COVID-19 compliance behaviours in international and local perspective
Getting people to behave in desirable ways (or cease behaving in undesirable ones) is a critical outcome for regulators. While we struggle to save lives and flatten the curve, COVID-19 is providing behavioural and compliance researchers with a natural policy experiment in why people do...