BEAR x BI-Org Webinar Series: New South Wales Behavioural Insights Unit (NSW BIU) on Busting Sludge
Busting sludge: Unlocking the power of behavioural science to reduce effort and improve the experience of government service
This webinar with the New South Wales Government’s Behavioural Insights Unit in Australia showcases how sludge audits, built from the principles and evidence of behavioural science, are cutting effort and giving time back to government customers.
The webinar will introduce the sludge audit method developed by the NSW BIU and the approach taken to systematically identify, quantify and eliminate sludge. The team will share key features of the practical tools used by them to translate the promise of sludge audits into an operational reality. The team will also reflect on the challenges and lessons learnt in supporting services to eliminate sludge and apply behavioural science.
Participants in the webinar will be given the opportunity to discuss promising features of a wider behavioural science research agenda on sludge reduction and also consider ways to stimulate greater collaboration between CX practitioners and behavioural science in a government and non-government context.
Link to sludge toolkit developed by NSW BIU:
- Speakers: New South Wales Behavioural Insights Unit
Dave Trudinger is the Director of the NSW Behavioural Insights Unit. Prior to joining the Behavioural Insights Unit Dave led the Citizen Delivery Branch at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Dave’s diverse career has seen him work in consultancy, frontline community services, academia and government across several Australian jurisdictions and the U.K. He brings a focus on demonstrating impact, supporting frontline delivery and empowering public service partners. Dave holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. His PhD included an exploration of how and why psychology was applied in a range of professions and public policy in twentieth century Australia.
Eva Koromilas is a Manager in the NSW Behavioural Insights Unit. She is qualified in behavioural economics and has extensive experience in applying behavioural insights to improve customer outcomes across multiple jurisdictions. Eva has led field experiments and program redesign in service and policy areas including Covid-safe behaviours, domestic violence, cyberbullying, drought resilience and regulatory compliance. Eva is passionate about eliminating sludge to improve customer experience. She leads the BIU’s sludge program and sludge audit method which has been applied across NSW government to make services easier and more inclusive.
Alex Galassi is a Senior Behavioural Advisor in the NSW Behavioural Insights Unit. She has driven projects to improve the customer outcomes through behavioural science, partnering with teams from across government to quantify, identify and reduce unnecessary frictions in the customer experience. She holds qualifications in Rehabilitation Counselling and Psychology.
BEAR x BI-Org Webinar Series: Kerry-Ann Spencer-Williams, IGM Financial
BEAR x BI-Org Webinar: Kerry-Ann Spencer-Williams
- Speaker: Kerry-Ann Spencer-Williams, Director, Business Analytics and Evaluation, IGM Financial
- Kerry-Ann is best known for advancing an analytics culture and optimizing data driven decision-making across IGM Financial over the past 15 years. Through IG Wealth Management’s partnership with BEAR, she has explored ways to embed a behavioural science approach into the DNA of the organization. Kerry-Ann collaborates closely with internal stakeholders to improve consumer welfare by uncovering and addressing the interplay of cognitive biases and sludge barriers in established processes. Kerry-Ann holds a M.A. in Economics (University of Manitoba); a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation (University of Victoria); and first-class honours undergraduate degrees in Economics, and Statistics (University of the West Indies).
- Date: October 19, 2022 from 12pm - 1pm ET
- Topic: Uncovering the X-factor in advancing Financial Wellbeing for Canadians
- Description: IG is committed to improving the financial well-being of Canadians through building life-long advisor-client relationships and delivering proactive comprehensive financial planning that helps families achieve their goals at every stage of life. As a member of Power Corporation of Canada and IGM Financial group of companies, IG has been a forerunner in partnering with academia to understand and optimize the value of financial advice (“gamma”), beyond the usual alpha and beta benchmarks the industry addresses. Kerry-Ann will share early learnings and applications of behavioural science during IG’s first year of partnership with BEAR researchers - specifically around maximizing gamma by nudging behaviourally informed training; change management; and incentive structures for advisors; and improving choice architecture and language framing along the client’s digital journey. After having the right tools and talent to accomplish IG’s mission, the x-factor has been found in centralizing processes around real human behaviours.
Featured Guests in Q&A:
- Gaetan Ruest, VP, Data Science, Advanced Analytics and Market Insights, IGM Financial
- Michelle Fox, VP, Sales Experience and Analytics, Mackenzie Investments
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BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Anisha Singh, Busara Center
BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Anisha Singh, Busara Center
- Speaker: Anisha Singh, Director for Research and Innovation, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Anisha Singh leads Busara's Labs globally. Busara's lab in Nairobi was one of the first experimental labs in the Global South and continues to be at the edge of cutting behavioural science research. Specifically, Anisha focuses on the implementation of academically rigorous experimental research and builds methodologically tested research tools and technology needed to work with hard-to-reach populations.
- Date: September 16, 2021 12 PM ET
- Topic: Developing and Implementing Behavioural Science Insights with Low-Income Populations in the Global South
- Description: In this session, the Busara Center will share lessons learned and mistakes (in hindsight only!) in implementing behavioural science research and insights in the previous seven years, and their hopes for the future. Specifically, the organization has realized the importance of context, how to overcome researcher biases, the realities of infrastructural needs, and the future of behavioural science talent - all in the form of stories that others can learn from.
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