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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The "Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy – European Report 2016" (BIAP 2016) presents an inventory of policy initiatives in 32 European countries either implicitly or explicitly informed by behavioural insights. The report also reviews institutional developments around the application of behavioural insights for policy.
Besides the report, a set of country overviews is available for download. For each country, examples of policy initiatives informed by behavioural insights are given, along with the methodologies used, the key institutions involved in the application of behavioural insights, and the networks and collaborations taking place in this field.
|Behaviourally-tested initiatives: initiatives explicitly tested, or scaled out after an initial ad-hoc experiment.|
|Behaviourally-informed initiatives: initiatives designed explicitly on previously existing behavioural evidence.|
|Behaviourally-aligned initiatives: initiatives that, at least a posteriori, can be found to be aligned to behavioural evidence.|
We are eager to hear about developments in the use of behavioural insights to policy. Are you aware of a policy initiative that uses behavioural insights in your country? Has your government recently decided to devote more staff or to develop a new institution to apply behavioural sciences to policy? Are you aware of an instance where policy-makers relied on a large dataset to gather behavioural evidence? If so, please let us know by replying to a few questions. We will use this information to constantly update the country overviews showing how each country is applying insights from behavioural science to policy-making.