Journal article

Behavioural insights teams in practice: nudge missions and methods on trial

Sarah Ball, Brian W Head

POLICY AND POLITICS | POLICY PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

Behavioural and experimental projects have become increasingly popular with policymakers. Behavioural insights teams have used several policy design and implementation tools drawn from behavioural sciences, especially randomised controlled trials, to test the design of ‘nudge’ interventions. This approach has attained discursive legitimacy in government agencies seeking to use the best available evidence for behaviourally informed, evidence-based policy innovation. We examine the practices of governmental behavioural insights teams in Australia, drawing ontwo research projects that included interviews with key personnel. We find that teams make strong commitments to using and promoting rando..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers