The Behavioural Economics and Research Team work within Health Provider Compliance and are subject matter experts in behavioural theories and scientific research principles. The team uses Behavioural Economics to gain a better understanding of how people behave and we seek to incorporate behavioural sciences into government interventions to improve policy and program outcomes.
Behavioural economics provides important new insights into human psychology, focusing on the important ways in which people are typically ‘irrational’ beings, that is, people often make irrational decisions because they are influenced by common cognitive biases.
We work collaboratively with our partners to define the problem, as well as the desired outcome and we then seek to:
- Understand the issue and context - identify exactly what behaviours we want to change, determine the influences on that behaviour and the barriers to its change.
- Design intervention - we draw on fieldwork findings, academic research and behavioural frameworks to develop interventions.
- Test, learn, adapt - use randomised control trials to compare the effectiveness of intervention against what would have happened if it hadn’t been introduced.