How can government move to a more innovative and evidence-based approach to policy making? How can we convince our leaders? Why should we experiment with policy? What is an RCT and why is this method of evaluation the BI practitioners’ preferred tool to test what works? How can you run an RCT in a policy setting? Why are RCT’s not used by all agencies all the time? This session will answer these questions, and more.
Facilitator: Jacqui Brewer
Alex Gyani is a Principal Advisor with the Behavioural Insights Team. Based in Sydney, he leads the research and evaluation functions of BIT Asia-Pacific, providing oversight of the team’s trials and evaluations in the region, as well as providing technical advice on how to run pragmatic RCTs in government. His work with the team over the past five years has cut across a wide set of policy areas.
Harry Greenwell is a Senior Adviser at BETA responsible for the rigorous evaluation of BETA’s applications of behavioural insights. Harry is particularly interested in standards for transparency and rigour in experimental evaluations. In his previous role at the Australian Treasury, Harry worked on a range of economic policy issues – including competition, regulation, macroeconomic and taxation policy – and he was also deployed to the Pacific for several years as a capacity building adviser. Early in his career, Harry co-authored several reports on poverty and inequality in Australia.
In September 2017 Jayne took up a new role within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) as the Group General Manager Client Experience and Service Design.
Lisa Cameron is a Professor at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She is an empirical microeconomist and experimental economist with two decades of experience conducting economic policy experiments with a focus on poverty alleviation and policies that impact disadvantaged groups.