All people, including behavioural experts, are subject to behavioural biases. In this session we turn the spotlight on those of us focused on de-biasing the lives of citizens. We will consider examples of how we can fall prey to biases ourselves and hear from Varun Gauri about the World Bank’s recent experiment to uncover biases of policy officials.
How can we apply insights from behavioural science to organisations and those of us providing advice on policy, program and product design? Come along to this session to explore how we can ‘nudge the nudgers’.
David Halpern is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and Board Director. He has led the team since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the founding Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. David was also appointed as the What Works National Advisor in July 2013. He supports the What Works Network and leads efforts to improve the use of evidence across government. Before entering government, David held tenure at Cambridge and posts at Oxford and Harvard.
David Yokum, JD, PhD is Director of The Lab @ DC in the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia Government. David was previously a founding member of the White House’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Team and Director of its scientific delivery unit housed at the U.S. General Services Administration. David’s expertise draws on the cognitive foundations of judgment and decision-making and, in particular, how that knowledge and associated methodologies can be extended into applied settings. David earned a Ph.D.
Kate Glazebrook is CEO and co-founder of Applied, the Behavioural Insights Team’s first tech venture. Applied is a web platform that uses the best behavioural research to help organisations find the best person for the job regardless of their background. Put simply, we aim to make hiring smart, fair, and easy. We also care about being able to prove impact, so we publish the results of our experiments and research that inform our product design.
Ryan Batchelor is currently Executive Director, Public Sector Reform at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. In this role, Ryan oversees public sector reform, outcomes, performance and delivery and whole of Victorian Government innovation initiatives – including the Public Sector Innovation Fund, the Behavioural Insights Unit, and the Victorian Centre for Data Insights.