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Saturday, 25th July 2015

UK: The Behavioural Insights Team: Update Report 2013-2015

Source: Behavioural Insights Team (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This report is the latest in a series of update reports from the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), detailing the work of the team and recent findings. It covers the last two years of BIT’s work.

This period has been an exciting one, both for BIT and for the growing field of practitioners around the world applying insights from the behavioural sciences to real world policy problems....

We have now run over 150 randomised controlled trials across almost every area of domestic policy. These have included a large trial with Jobcentres supporting people back to work, the findings from which have been rolled out across the country; our work on organ donation, which shows how a simple change can add 100,000 people to the organ donor register; a £20 million Growth Vouchers trial, which is testing the effectiveness of providing business support to SMEs; trials that show how we can help increase the number of successful applications to the police from black and minority ethnic communities; and lots of other interventions, detailed in the chapters that follow.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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