Dr Rory Gallagher

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Dr Rory Gallagher

Managing Director
BIT Australia and Asia Pacific

Rory is responsible for the Behavioural Insights Team’s operations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He has been with BIT since it was set up by the Prime Minister in 2010 and has led several of the team’s most impactful trials. In November 2012 he was seconded to New South Wales to help the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) become the first agency in Australia to set up a dedicated unit to apply behavioural insights to public policy.

The DPC Behavioural Insights Unit has since run a number of successful trials and interventions across a range of policy areas, and was awarded the Behavioural Exchange Global Practitioner’s Award in 2015. These interventions have provided a significant return on investment, saving millions of dollars for the NSW government, as well as achieving significant social impact.

These results provided early evidence that behavioural techniques pioneered in the UK could be replicated and adapted in other cultural, organisational and political contexts, and inspired other units to be set up across the region.

Before heading overseas, Rory led the team’s work on countering fraud, empowering consumers and helping people find work, including through the development of large scale randomised controlled trials. Prior to joining BIT, Rory was in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the UK Department of Education. Rory has a doctorate in behaviour change and health from Cambridge University.

2:30pm – 4pm

Keynote #2 @ Summit 1 Hall

Applying behavioural insights to public policy
society

Behavioural insights (BI) helps us understand human behaviour and decision making. We know from our own lives that we often fail to do what’s best for us, despite our good intentions – whether it be exercising more, saving money or eating healthily. We can use this understanding of how humans actually behave in everyday life to help people make better decisions for themselves and society. The application of BI in the UK and across the Asia-Pacific has demonstrated that low-cost, subtle changes to communications and delivery mechanisms can substantially improve policy interventions, can offer an alternative to more expensive regulatory options. It provides policy makers with an important new set of methods to add to their toolkit. This session will introduce participants to the evidence from the behavioural sciences and the key methods for designing and evaluating behavioural interventions.

Continue to learn about behavioural insights with Samuel Hanes’  workshop on day 3.

Behaviour, government policy and me: applying behavioural insights to society and self

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