£33,915 - £45,885 per annum, plus benefits
The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is recruiting a Research Advisor, who will be embedded in the Youth, Education and Skills team to design, conduct, and evaluate Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), with a particular focus on RCTs in education, be that in primary or secondary schools, further education or universities.
The then Prime Minister created BIT in 2010 to apply behavioural science to public policy in the UK. In February 2014 we became a social purpose company, owned by the Cabinet Office, Nesta (an innovation charity) and our employees.
The Behavioural Insights Team works with governments around the world in almost every area of policy. Whilst the subject and output of our projects varies considerably, there are common threads: we try to understand the contexts in which people make decisions; we notice small details; we find out what has and hasn’t worked before; we come up with innovative ideas for solving policy problems and we measure everything we do as robustly as we can.
As well as displaying professional excellence, BIT selects staff on the basis of our company values: always prioritising social impact; empiricism and humility; fresh thinking, collaboration; and public service.
As well as applying behavioural science to public policy, BIT is also at the forefront of a revolution in evidence-based policy. The team has conducted over 400 RCTs across the policy spectrum, in fields ranging from health, to energy, to charitable giving and employment – and more than a dozen trials in education. We also apply quasi -experimental methods including matching, difference in difference and regression discontinuity design. While the role will be based in the Youth, Education and Skills policy team, it will also involve being part of the Research and Evaluation team, which heads up the design of these trials and their analysis, is responsible for ensuring the rigour of these trials is kept to the highest possible standard, while ensuring that BIT continues to conduct impactful, pragmatic research.
You will work across a range of behavioural insights projects relating to Youth, Education and Skills policy providing specialist trial design, implementation and analysis. This role will suit a candidate with a strong background in econometrics and trial design. This role will provide you with the opportunity to: