Nudges uncovered: Can behavioural insights contribute to our understanding of “What matters most to families in the 21st century”?

Plenary
Friday 27 July, 0830 – 0930

Presenters

Dr David Halpern
Chief Executive, UK Behavioural Insights Team, National What Works Advisor

Dr Nicholas Gruen
Chief Executive Officer, Lateral Economics

Sam Hannah-Rankin
Director of Public Sector Innovation, Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria

Abstract
Nudges uncovered: Can behavioural insights contribute to our understanding of “What matters most to families in the 21st century”? Or are these behavioural science experiments too niche and too slow to contribute to large scale reforms?

Behavioural insights teams have sprung up around the world and here in Australia. Often driven by disappointment with traditional policy approaches, some government departments are turning to evidence from the behavioural sciences to experiment with new ways of designing policy and services. Is this a fad which fails to address complex systemic problems? Is the idea of designing policy and services around people, not expecting them to have to “redesign their lives around us” too idealistic to be achievable? Or is there something happening here we should be paying attention to when it comes to helping families?

In this session AIFS Director Anne Hollonds will explore these and other questions in conversation with two leading thinkers: Dr Nicholas Gruen and Sam Hannah-Rankin. We will start the session with a pre-recorded interview with Dr David Halpern, who is known internationally as a champion of experimentation, evidence-informed reform, and of course “Nudges”.