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The challenges of experimental government’ seminar series

last modified Nov 17, 2017 02:44 PM
This seminar series is organised by the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge

Randomised Control Trials, behavioural insights and ‘nudge’ style policy interventions have become popular in government, development policy, academia and business. There is, however, a lack of information and evidence on the challenges of setting up and implementing these complex social interventions and experimental evaluations particularly documenting when things go wrong and why. This seminar series brings together leading academics and policy makers to provide case studies and field stories of how to design and implement social policy experiments.

This seminar series is hosted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. No registration required, if you have any queries please contact Dr Adam Coutts.

18 October, 17:00 - English faculty room GR04

"Field experiments in Political Science and Public Policy" (Speaker: Professor Peter John, UCL)

1 November, 17:00 - English faculty room GR04

"Using evidence from Randomised Control Trials to inform policy" (Speaker: Sara MacLennan, WhatWorks Wellbeing Centre)

14 November, 12:00 - Alison Richard Building

"Designing and implementing a cross-departmental social policy Randomised Control Trial: problems and opportunities" (Speaker: David Johnson, Department for Work and Pensions)

22 November, 17:00 - Magdalene College

"Rethinking public health using behavioural science. The effortless nudge" (Speaker: Dr Michael Hallsworth, Behavioural Insights Team)

1 December, 17:00 - Alison Richard Building

"Is evidence enough? How academics can influence policy" (Speaker: Dr Ellen Flint, Department for Work and Pensions)

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