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Centre for Understanding Behaviour Change (CUBeC)

  1. 1. Centre for Understanding Behaviour Change (CUBeC) Luke Sibieta, IFS Presentation at DCSF Conference: The Use of Evidence in Policy Development and Delivery, 9 February 2010
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Our vision and approach </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are and what we will do . </li></ul><ul><li>Research programme </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering flexible and rapid response (PoRTAL) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vision <ul><li>Provide a comprehensive evidence base on which DCSF can develop policies to drive behaviour change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robust, thorough and current; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews, research and ideas. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A new way of working between policy-makers and academics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploiting complementary strengths; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actively promoting dialogue; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rapid and flexible response. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. A new approach <ul><li>Social science is about understanding behaviour: economics, psychology, sociology, … </li></ul><ul><li>New developments and new ideas around framing choices, defaults, discounting, social norms. </li></ul><ul><li>We will offer an over-arching framework to ensure a rigorous approach to the work of the Centre and DCSF. </li></ul><ul><li>We have innovative ideas to test models of behaviour change and how to drive it. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Consortium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Core built around CMPO/Bristol, IFS and Natcen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partners from ELSE, IoE and Imperial </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Range of disciplines and methodologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Economics (including behavioural economics), education, experimental psychology, neuroscience, sociology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, field experiments, lab experiments, theoretical insight. </li></ul></ul>27/11/2009 CUBeC Who we are and what we bring
  6. 6. Prof. Imran Rasul (UCL/ELSE) Response to Risk & Risky behaviours Prof. Peter Rogers (Experimental Psychology, UoB) Positive and Healthy Behaviours Andreas Cebulla (Natcen) Over-arching Projects Prof. Paul Dolan (Imperial) Information, Framing & choices Prof. Ruth Deakin-Crick (Education, UoB) Positive Educational Outcomes Prof. Simon Burgess (CMPO) Director Luke Sibieta (IFS) PoRTAL Manager Research theme directors
  7. 7. <ul><li>Building on our own prior research; examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peter Rogers and the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit at University of Bristol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ruth Deakin Crick and Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simon Burgess and school choice and access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Responding to the new opportunity; examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Luke Sibieta and Alastair Muriel – obesity and school dinners. </li></ul></ul>27/11/2009 CUBeC Ideas
  8. 8. Substance abuse Peer influence Neural processes Response to Risk & Risky behaviours Dietary decisions Sports/hobbies Pro-social behaviours Positive and Healthy Behaviours Teacher recruitment School choice Subject choices Information, Framing & choices Pupil engagement Parental engagement HE aspirations Positive Educational Outcomes Survey methods Review of previous policies Over-arching Projects Research framework
  9. 9. <ul><li>Making the most of our complementary strengths: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pro-active in engaging with DCSF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building up individual and centre-wide relationships. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Range of types of interaction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Liaison and policy review activity across the team of experts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time in DCSF, bringing DCSF-UBC members the latest thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint annual determination of the research programme </li></ul></ul>27/11/2009 CUBeC Liaison and interaction
  10. 10. <ul><li>Fill short term gaps in policymakers knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated and multi-skilled group of researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Core researchers, academic experts, wider network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary, multi-method </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outputs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature reviews, thought pieces, data analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail, telephone, meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify gaps in knowledge </li></ul></ul>27/11/2009 CUBeC Flexible and rapid response
  11. 11. Contact details <ul><li>Luke Sibieta, Institute for Fiscal Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Research Economist </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 02072914800 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>28