Behavioural insights


Training and education program

Victoria’s Behavioural Insights Unit is offering free education and training workshops that will equip Victorian Public Service staff with the skills to apply behavioural insights to their work. Different workshops are available depending on your position, your experience, and your areas of interest.

Applying a behavioural insights lens to real world problems can help you to consider how people behave in everyday life. By blending insights from psychology and behavioural economics into public policy development, you can improve the effectiveness of your policies, programs and services.

Education and training workshops are only available to Victorian Public Service staff, and you must register using your Victorian government email address. The training is being run by the Behavioural Insights Unit's strategic partners; the Behavioural Insights Team, BehaviourWorks Australia and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Econonic and Social Research.

Sign-up now for one of the courses to learn how you can apply behavioural insights in your work! 

If you cannot attend on the dates listed below then register your interest and you will be the first to learn of new training opportunities.

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Running a Randomised Controlled Trial

A great way to test and optimise new and innovative ideas for public policy and service delivery is through the use of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT). They are used to compare the effectiveness of a new intervention versus the status quo, building evidence on what works and what doesn't. In this workshop you will gain hands-on experience in how to design, implement and analyse an RCT.

This workshop is suitable for all members of the VPS (recommended for VPS4-6).

Monday 4 December 2017, 9am – 12pm, Melbourne.

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Understanding the problem: exploring the issue from a behavioural insights perspective

This interactive workshop will explore the application of behavioural insights (BI) to Victorian public policy issues. Participants will learn to identify projects that will benefit from the application of BI, and be given practical tools they can incorporate to improve policy and program outcomes.

Participants in this course will:

  • Gain an increased understanding of human behaviour and its drivers
  • Obtain new skills and tools to apply a systems approach to explore policy or service challenges
  • Learn, and practice, a behaviourally-focused method for identifying, defining and prioritising target audiences and key behaviours to address policy challenges. 

This workshop is suitable for all members of the VPS (recommended for VPS4-6).

Thursday 7 December 2017, 9:15am – 4:30pm, Melbourne.  

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