• Behavioural Insights in NSW 2016

    Posted by on Monday December 19th, 2016

    The Behavioural Insights Unit’s latest report, Behavioural Insights in NSW 2016, is now available on our website. It showcases our major projects over the past two years and sets out some of the lessons we have learned along the way.

  • BETA is hiring

    Posted by Alex King on Thursday December 1st, 2016

    The Australian Government's Behavioural Economics team, BETA, is now hiring!

  • Building Character Skills – What works?

    Posted by Anna Doherty on Friday November 4th, 2016

    The Behavioural Insights Unit recently partnered with the Australian branch of the Behavioural Insights Team to present a panel on how non-cognitive ‘character’ skills can predict a range of important life outcomes, and what this means for educators and policy-makers.

  • BETA’s guide to running randomised controlled trials

    Posted by Anna Doherty on Tuesday September 20th, 2016

    The Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) has released an easy-to-use guide on developing and testing behavioural interventions using randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The guide draws on global expertise to present examples of well-defined outcomes and helpful questions for those looking to run an RCT in Government.

  • Latest results from the Behavioural Insights Team

    Posted by Alex King on Friday September 16th, 2016

    The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has just published their latest annual Update Report. The report highlights some of the results we have achieved in partnership with BIT, such as reducing the rate of no-shows for hospital appointments, getting injured teachers back to work faster and speeding up the payment of social housing rental arrears.

  • Behavioural Insights in Everyday Life

    Posted on Thursday April 18th, 2013

    In the photos section of the website, you will see a bunch of images capturing 'nudges' encountered in everyday life. They include the red and yellow flags at the beach nudging us to swim between the flags and signs to encourage us to put our rubbish in the bin.

    This topic is for members to post stories, images and videos about nudges experienced in everyday life. Comments and questions are welcomed! 

    Relates to photo: We may not realise it, but we are being nudged all the time

  • The Ethics of 'Nudging'

    Posted on Thursday April 18th, 2013

    Psychology and behavioural economics research has been used by the private sector, in particular marketing professionals for decades to sell products, influence commercial decisions and mobilise consumers.

    Thaler and Sunstein, in their book 'Nudge' encourage readers to "nudge for good, not evil". This raises the important question of the ethics of applying behavioural insights.

    This topic is an opportunity for members to discuss the ethical considerations of using behavioural insights. 

  • Randomised Control Trials (RCT) Advice

    Posted on Thursday April 18th, 2013

    Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) are a fundamental part of behavioural insights and are an important tool in developing evidence-based public policy. RCTs are used to identify what works and what doesn't, allowing policy makers to maximise effectiveness.

    If you are considering running an RCT and have any questions, or would like to bounce ideas around a group, this is the discussion topic for you.

    Post away!

    Relates to document: Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials

  • Using 'Affect' and 'Ego' from the MINDSPACE framework

    Posted on Thursday April 18th, 2013

    From the MINDSPACE framework created by UK Cabinet Office / Institute for Government, the use of 'Affect' and 'Ego' are touted as the most difficult triggers to adopt in public policy. Can we think of examples of how these two elements can be applied in the NSW context? 

    Relates to document: Mindspace: Influencing behaviour through public policy