This symposium is for anyone interested in human behaviour and decision making. Whether that means to identify where policies, process and practices by applying findings from behavioural science could improve public wellbeing, program outcomes, and program cost effectiveness, or developing design strategies by using the insights from behavioural science theories.
The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) started life inside 10 Downing Street as the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences and is now a social purpose company jointly owned by the UK Government; Nesta (the innovation charity); and our employees.
Their objectives remain the same as they have always been:
- making public services more cost-effective and easier for citizens to use;
- improving outcomes by introducing a more realistic model of human behaviour to policy; and wherever possible,
- enabling people to make ‘better choices for themselves
In 2015 President Obama ordered government agencies to use behavioural science insights to “better serve the American people.” In the same year Australian Government announces the establishment of the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government, BETA, and the 2017/18 budget confirms a three-year commitment to not expecting people to redesign their lives around government, but rather their work encourages people-centred design, which means simpler, clearer and faster public services. BETA’s mission is to build behavioural economics capability across the public service and drive its use in policy design by testing what works, where and in what context.
NSW AND VICTORIAN GOVERNMENTS ALSO HAVE DEDICATED BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS TEAMS THAT WORK ACROSS AGENCIES. COME AND FIND OUT WHAT IS QLD DOING!
Presentations reflect the evidence that scholars, practitioners and policy makers across a variety of fields — from behavioural economics to psychology to behavioural decision research — have accumulated in recent years that people often fail to make rational choices.
Ruth Toomey and Lena Belin, Community Insights - Public Service Commission
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