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Finding the 'unicorns': behavioural science in government grows up

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A decade since the UK Government's Behavioural Insights Team became the first in the world dedicated to applying behavioural science to public policy, BIT CEO David Halpern identifies the policy ‘unicorns’ – the successful ‘nudges’ prompted by behavioural insights.

What works? The rise of ‘experimental’ government.

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Graphic summarising some findings in key what works area.

Public service professions have lagged behind the medical profession in using empirical evidence to guide decision making. David Halpern, National Adviser on What Works & CEO of Behavioural Insights Team, explains how the emergence of ‘What Works Centres’ can change this, and outlines the case for ‘radical incrementalism’.

Stop Thief! How data can help prevent mobile phone theft

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Crime in general has fallen, but thieves are still targeting mobile phones. The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has
developed a risk index to keep consumers informed and even prevent crimes before they happen. Simon Ruda, Ed Bradon and David Halpern from BIT show us how they did it.

Behavioural insights and charitable giving

Relatively simple changes can have significant effects on rates of charitable giving, according to the Behavioural Insights Team. The UK is a generous country. It is home to some of the world’s greatest philanthropists, to 150,000 charities, and a public …