How behavioural science can make government more effective

Free Online Workshop | Exclusive for Public Servants & Policymakers

Individuals are at the centre of government service provision. So their behaviour – the decisions they make, and the actions they take – can make a huge difference to how governments work.

Behavioural science, which combines insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience and other allied fields, complements more traditional approaches in providing a deeper understanding of the problems that governments face internally, and innovative ideas for how to tackle them. This can be particularly valuable in resource-constrained environments where other solutions may not be available or affordable, since behavioural solutions often offer large impact for a small cost.

In this workshop, ideas42 – a non-profit applied behavioural science organisation – will introduce you to behavioural science and how behavioural science solutions can be employed to tackle a wide range of problems faced by governments. You’ll also have the chance to see how such solutions are being deployed in practice with real world examples.

What you’ll learn:

  • The fundamentals of behavioural science and how it can make government more effective
  • The types of government-related problems for which behavioural science solutions are most appropriate
  • How governments can partner with applied research organisations to develop low-cost yet effective behavioural interventions

Who you’ll hear from:

Viraj Tyagi is CEO of eGovernments Foundation, a non-profit organisation that partners with state governments and city administrators in India to leverage the power of technology to improve the quality of life and ease of doing business in cities.

Gabriela Lotta-Fundação Getulio Vargas is a Professor of Public Administration at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She works mainly in the areas of public policy, bureaucracy, implementation, and government management.

Sarah Rushmere is the section head for stakeholder engagement and communication at the Water and Sanitation Department at the City of Cape Town. She was involved in the successful drive to prevent Cape Town from running out of water in the 2017-2018 drought crisis.

Saugato Datta is a Managing Director at ideas42 where he leads the International Governance and Livelihoods practice areas. He works with partners to design, test and scale programmes and products that use behavioural economics to benefit low-income people in developing countries.

Laura Cojocaru is a Senior Associate at ideas42. She works with partners to design, test and scale programmes and products that use behavioural economics, with a focus on improving effectiveness for governments and public servants.

Who should watch:

This workshop is for anyone with an interest in improving the effectiveness of government and public administration and governance reform. This includes those with an interest in governance and public administration from the following:

  • System level: for example, those at the national or multilateral level
  • Organisation level: for example, city mayors
  • Small team level: for example, team managers

All registrants will receive a recording of the workshop. If you are not yet a member of Apolitical, you will be taken to a signup page that will automatically register you for the workshop.

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