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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Latest results from the Behavioural Insights Team

16 September 2016NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has just published its latest annual Update Report.

BehaviourWorks Australia: Lessons from the Field conference

6 April 2016NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

On 18 March 2016, two members of the Behavioural Insights Unit travelled to Melbourne to attend the “BehaviourWorks Australia: Lessons from the Field” conference.

New report on results from our recent health trials

3 December 2015NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

The Behavioural Insight Unit has released a new publication Spotlight on Health Results – Behavioural Insights Short Report. The report outlines the significant gains we have made in increasing hospital efficiency and health outcomes in NSW through our trials.

White House sets up ‘nudge unit’

20 September 2013NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

We are excited to hear that the White House is setting up a Social and Behavioral Science Team, headed by Maya Shankar, that will use lessons from psychology and behavioural economics in the design of public policy.

Behavioural Insights in Action August 2013 Event

20 August 2013NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

‘Behavioural Insights in Action’ run in partnership with IPAA, saw over 100 participants attend from across the public sector, private sector and academia.

Case Study Series - ‘Pinkie’: Challenging Masculine Social Norms on NSW Roads (Transport for NSW)

9 August 2013NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

The objective was to change the attitudes and behaviours of all speeding drivers, in particular young males, to increase road safety.

Case Study Series - ‘Best Intentions’: Targeting Smokers to Promote Quitting (Cancer Institute NSW)

9 August 2013NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

Tobacco smoking is the largest cause of preventable death and disease in Australia. It increases the risk of cancer, as well as various heart and lung diseases, and is estimated to cause over 6,600 deaths in NSW alone each year. One in two lifetime smokers will die from their habit, with a third of those deaths occurring in middle age.

Case Study Series - ‘Home Power Savings Program’: Saving Energy in Low Income Households (Office of Environment and Heritage)

8 August 2013NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

The key policy issue underpinning the Home Power Savings Program is the social impact of the rising cost of electricity on low-income households in NSW.