• BIU is hiring!

    Posted by Lauren Hayward on Wednesday October 18th, 2017

    Are you passionate about improving public services and policy by drawing on behavioural insights? Are you an experienced project and people manager who enjoys working in partnership across organisations? Come work with us at the Behavioural Insights Unit!

  • Thaler wins Nobel Prize for behavioural economics

    Posted by Lauren Hayward on Wednesday October 11th, 2017

    In an exciting endorsement of behavioural economics, the Nobel prize for economics has been awarded to Richard Thaler, one of the founders of the discipline and co-author of ‘Nudge’. 

  • Behaviour change PhD scholarships at Monash

    Posted by BIU on Thursday September 14th, 2017

    Monash University are offering 18 new PhD scholarships in behaviour change, working with government. Applications close 12 October 2017.

  • Community of Practice: Applying BI to organisations

    Posted by BIU Team on Monday September 4th, 2017

    Attempts to change organisations are often not successful. But applying BI techniques can help increase the likelihood of success. At our most recent Community of Practice event, we drew from our experience applying BI to organisations in NSW and shared these learnings with attendees from NSW government.

  • DPC is hiring!

    Posted by Cindy Wiryakusuma on Wednesday August 30th, 2017

    DPC is hiring! The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), where the Behavioural Insights Unit (BIU) is based, is recruiting for a talent pool.

  • Using economic experiments in behavioural insights

    Posted by Danielle Merrett and Sam Miller on Wednesday August 9th, 2017

    Economic experiments are not just for economists or financial types. They can help us explore behaviour change ideas and test how people react to our ideas in a quick and meaningful way. 

  • BX 2017

    Posted by on Wednesday July 19th, 2017

    Recently BIU attended Behavioural Exchange, an annual conference that shares examples of BI from around the world. This year over 400 people from government, academia and the private sector attended BX2017 in Singapore. These are some of our highlights from the conference.

  • Segmenting: What works for whom

    Posted by Alex Gyani & Simon Raadsma on Monday May 15th, 2017

    In our latest blog post we take a look at a hot topic in BI: segmentation. One of the downsides of RCTs is they usually only identify what works on average. Although this allows us to improve outcomes overall, you can do even better if you can work out what works best for different groups of people and then tailor your approach to each group. We take a look at our hospital appointment trial and discuss both ‘classic’ segmentation and a newer approach based on machine learning.

  • BIU in the media

    Posted by on Tuesday April 18th, 2017

    The Mandarin featured a great article “NSW nudge teams set their sights on more complex public policy challenges” on us last week. The piece highlighted our work over the past few years and discussed the future direction of the unit, particularly our work applying behavioural insights principles to more complex policy issues.

  • Community of Practice: BI-ing letters

    Posted by on Monday April 3rd, 2017

    For our first CoP of 2017, we brought together people from a range of government agencies to reflect on what BI can offer in terms of writing better letters.