Innovation Month – Behavioural Economics driving innovation across the APS

Innovation Month – Behavioural Economics driving innovation across the APS

Domestic Policy Behavioural Economics
Monday, 16 July 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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During the month PM&C is sharing stories from across the APS highlighting how innovations are having real, measurable impacts across the government sector, businesses sector and importantly, for the public we serve.

The Behavioural Economic Team of Australia (BETA) has achieved a few notable wins recently. Last month they successfully hosted the 2018 Behavioural Exchange Conference and they recently released the results of three projects in partnership with the Australian Tax Office, Department of Health and the Department of Social Services.

What’s more, BETA have been shortlisted as one of four finalists in the IPAA Public Sector Innovation Awards. BETA’s presentation focused on celebrating BETA as an APS-wide collaboration and the culture and capability shift that supports it.

In keeping with the theme of innovation, BETA tried something new and as a part of their pitch recorded a live podcast where team members were interviewed about BETA’s work in expanding the policy toolkit. They spoke about BETA’s training of APS officers in the fundamentals of behavioural insights and randomised controlled trials and BETA’s ‘publication by default’ principle to publish all results of projects, both successes and lessons.

The IPAA Public Sector Innovation Awards coincide with Innovation Month, which runs from 2 – 31 July. This year’s theme is ‘Working Together,’ and includes a full program of events which provide everyone in the public sector with opportunities to share their experiences innovating, and to explore new ideas to improve their work practices.

The winners will be announced later this month on 23 July.

You can find out more about the Behavioural Economic Team of Australia on the PM&C website.