The mission of the Competence Centre on Behavioural Insights is to support EU policymaking with evidence about human behaviour.
Our objectives are to
- use behavioural insights to help design better policies
- bridge the gap between policymakers and behavioural researchers
- increase the use of behavioural insights for policy, when they are relevant
There are 3 basic strands
We conduct in-house behavioural research in various policy areas. Our research is mainly on-demand, following requests from other departments of the European Commission. We also conduct anticipatory research that envisages future policy needs for behavioural evidence.
- Expert assistance
We help other departments of the Commission to embed behavioural evidence into policymaking. We do so by identifying the behavioural elements of policy issues and possible policy options, by making sense of the existing behavioural evidence, and by defining and overseeing the methodological aspects of behavioural studies that are commissioned to external contractors.
We deliver a training module periodically and organise workshops to promote and enable the use of behavioural insights throughout the EU policy cycle, and in national policymaking. We build and manage communities of practitioners applying behavioural insights in key policy areas.
Our team consists of academic experts with a diverse background in behavioural sciences, including behavioural economics, psychology, sociology and consumer research. Every project receives input from at least 2 experts.
Each team member tends to specialise in specific policy areas and liaises primarily with colleagues working on similar topics.
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