"A new partnership has been established by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in the UK and the Behavioural Insights Group (BIG) at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The partnership is supported by a grant from the Sloan Foundation.
The partnership will extend the BIT’s access to cutting edge thinking and research from Harvard and other academic institutions, while academics affiliated with Harvard’s BIG and other leading institutions will gain the opportunity to see their ideas brought to the field in the real world of government policy.
There are two main objectives to this partnership:
(1) To create a network of academics across the world dedicated to improving knowledge exchange and help put in place behavioural insights interventions. There will be a focus on linking world class academics with public policymakers, including bringing high potential PhD scholars from North America and elsewhere to work in the UK with BIT in London, and ensuring that BIT’s expertise can be drawn upon by scholars in the US. This network will allow findings from behavioural insights practitioners around the world to be shared more widely and for randomised controlled trials to be made more rigorous and robust as develop our understanding of human behaviour.
(2) To host regular conferences and exchanges, bringing together practitioners from around the world interested in applying behavioural insights to public policy challenges. The first of these conferences will be hosted by Harvard this October. The second will be hosted by the Behavioural Insights Team in Summer 2015."