Public governance

Behavioural insights

 

Behavioural Insights (noun): An inductive approach to policy making that combines insights from psychology, cognitive science, and social science with empirically-tested results to discover how humans actually make choices.

 

Since 2013, OECD has been at the forefront of supporting public institutions who are applying behavioural insights to improving public policy. Read more below:

 

 

196

The number of institutions around the world applying behavioural insights to public policy

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IMPROVING POLICY MAKING USING BI

The OECD, working with the Colombian Telecommunications Regulator (CRC), constructed a multi-disciplinary team of experts and behavioural scientists to applying behavioural insights to redesigning the consumer protection regime.

 

‌As of 1 September 2017, the new behaviourally-informed regime came into effect. Find out more here!

 

BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS APPLIED AROUND THE WORLD

In 2017, OECD released the first-ever global collection of over 100 case studies from around the world and key lessons for public institutions.

 

Read the publication Behavioural Insights and Public Policy: Lessons from Around the World or collect all posters/postcards (click photos to download)

BI Postcard I‌‌

 BI Postcard II

 

WHAT'S NEXT FOR OECD WORK ON BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS

The OECD is at the frontier of finding new ways to improve government policies and practices with behavioural insights. We look forward to adding to our existing research with the following projects coming soon:

  • An ethical framework and policymaking toolkit: helping governments develop and expand the use of behavioural insights
  • Organisational behaviour: understanding how organisations can be “nudged” with a focus on creating a culture of safety in the hydrocarbon sector
  • Understanding what consumers want: Helping regulators  engage in a constructive dialogue with consumers and the regulated entity to identify trade-offs and long-term impacts of infrastructure and pricing decisions.

We always strive to include the behavioural community in our projects. If you have ideas or comments, get in touch.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

  • Colombia Update: What Happened Next - Protecting Consumers through Behavioural Insights: Regulating the Communications Market in Colombia (2017) - English
  • Behavioural Insights in Public Policy: Key Messages and Summary from OECD International Events, May 2017 - English 
  • Behavioural Insights and Public Policy: Lessons from Around the World (2017) - English
  • Protecting Consumers through Behavioural Insights: Regulating the Communications Market in Colombia (2016) - English 
  • Behavioural Insights and New Approaches to Policy Design (2015) - English
  • Regulatory Policy and Behavioural Economics (2014) - English

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING

 

 

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CONTACT

For more information or to add your website above, please contact Filippo Cavassini, OECD.

 

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