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Is it better to nudge or think? How to get citizens involved in public policy - Project event on Wednesday 23 June 2010 at One Whitehall Place/The Royal Horseguards Hotel, 2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ link to directions to venue and link to flyer

Our end of project event will be held on 23 June 2010 at 1pm until 3pm and will include lunch, a short session on our experiments, strategies for Changing Civic Behaviour, a roundtable discussion followed by questions and answers. Our roundtable will include Phillip Blond (ResPublica), Toby Blume (Urban Forum), Sue Goss, (Office for Public Management), Michael Saward (The Open University) and Matthew Taylor (RSA). We will also have details of our forthcoming online book: Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think and the full set of our policy briefs will be available. If you would like to attend our event, then please contact Margaret for more information.

General News

Liz Richardson spoke about pledging and the book collection experiment on Radio 4's Analysis Programme on 31 May 2010 with repeat on 6 June at 9.30pm. Please go to the following link for a transcript of this programme and we would like to thank the BBC for allowing us to include this.

Analysis Transcript May 2010.

Paper on Motivation, Behaviour and the Microfoundations of Public Services by Gerry Stoker and Alice Moseley for the 2020 Public Service Commission

We have some new policy briefs - please see the policy briefing page for more details. If you would like to receive copies of the complete series then please contact Margaret as these will be available from 23 June 2010.

A preliminary report on the recent book collection experiment is available at the following link: Book Collection for Schools in South Africa - links to the photos and also the slides

A paper by Sarah Cotterill and Liz Richardson on Expanding the Use of Experiments on Civic Behaviour: Experiments with Local Government as a Research Partner has just been published in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Vol 628 No 1, March 2010 pp 148-16 Please see the Outputs section for links to the abstract and also a pre-print version of the paper.

The team presented at various panels at the PSA Conference on 29 March - 1 April 2010 held in Edinburgh. Please see the Outputs and Reseach pages for links to the papers.

To view short films of some of the groups who have participated in the Citizen Interest Groups research project, then please go to the following links:-

St Helens Group http://youtube.com/watch?v=xBDxfLm-tQ0

Bolton Group http://youtube.com/watch?v=vwENKgxFd2s

Bristol Group http://www.youtube.com/watch?v+acPfOqzeZ7E

The Nudge, nudge, think, think paperis also discussed in Matthew Taylor's blog please see the following link for more information:-


The Southampton team will be carrying out a new RCT amongst students to try and increase the number of registered organ donors. Students attending lectures will be randomized to treatment groups representing either Nudge or a combination of Nudge and Think.


Please go to the following link for more details of previous news items and events:- Archive List of News and Events.