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BX 2018 is coming to Sydney

17 April 2018NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

BX2018 is coming to Sydney, 25 - 26 June 2018, featuring BI experts from across the globe.

Highlights from the Community of Practice event – Spotlight on Health

22 March 2018NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

The Behavioural Insights Unit’s Community of Practice (CoP) event on 4 December showcased the work on health that we’ve done in the past year with our partner organisations.

IWD 2018: Addressing gender bias with BI

8 March 2018NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is ‘Press for Progress’. It is an important day to mark the progress towards gender equality around the world. And in NSW we have made progress.

Community of Practice: In Conversation with David Halpern

22 January 2018NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

On Wednesday 22 November, the BIU Community of Practice hosted a panel discussion for senior public servants.

BIU meets with Dan Ariely

22 December 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

BIU met with Professor Dan Ariely during his recent visit to Sydney. Professor Ariely’s research interests intersect with BIU, particularly in the areas of health, finance and morality.

A bite-sized experience of the Big Apple

20 December 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

I travelled with our Executive Director for the FACS and Innovation Branch to New York City to attend the Behavioural Science and Policy Association (BSPA) conference on 19 September 2017.

BIU trial featured in the Harvard Business Review

17 November 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

A BIU trial about flexible work was recently featured in the Harvard Business Review.

Community of Practice: Applying BI to organisations

4 September 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

In their recent report on the global state of BI, the OECD highlighted how BI has mainly been used to change the behaviour of individual people, such as getting them to pay their fines and taxes or turn up to medical appointments on time. By contrast, there has been less work on applying BI to change the behaviour of organisations.

Using economic experiments in behavioural insights

9 August 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

So you have a great idea about how you could change people’s behaviour. You want to go ahead and test your idea out, but you don’t know if people will respond to the intervention, or if it will have the impact you hope. Rather than going ahead and investing heavily in a field trial, you could use an economic experiment to test your idea first.

Segmenting: What works for whom

15 May 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

Since 2013, the Behavioural Insights Unit (BIU) has been running Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) to test whether our ideas result in behaviour change in the real world. RCTs are the gold standard of evidence. They allow us to test the effectiveness of an intervention compared to if we had changed nothing.

BIU in the media

18 April 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

The Mandarin featured a great article on us last week.

Community of Practice: BI-ing letters

3 April 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

Governments send hundreds of thousands of letters to people each year asking them to do things, from paying speeding fines and taxes, providing information for welfare payments, alerting people to expiring licenses and registration and incoming tolls.

Inside the Behavioural Insights Unit: What we do, what you might not know we do and how to join us!

27 February 2017NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

Behavioural insights teams continue to spring up all around the world. Recent additions include the United Nations Development Program’s Behavioural Initiative and the Behavioural Insights Unit in Qatar. In Australia, the NSW, Commonwealth and Victorian governments have central teams as well as teams in some of their agencies.

Behavioural Insights in NSW 2016

19 December 2016NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

The Behavioural Insights Unit’s latest report, Behavioural Insights in NSW 2016, is now available.

Building Character Skills – What works?

4 December 2016NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

DPC’s Behavioural Insights Unit recently partnered with the Australian branch of the Behavioural Insights Team to present a panel on non-cognitive ‘character’ skills.

BETA’s guide to running randomised controlled trials

20 September 2016NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

The Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) has released a guide to developing and testing behavioural interventions using randomised controlled trials (RCTs).