Report from our July 22 Event on ‘Nudges’ and Behavioural Economics
On July 22, 2014, 45 public servants from the Government of Canada attended a half-day event examining the theory and practice of behavioural economics or Nudge theory as it applies to policy development in the Government of Canada and abroad.
The session included:
Case Studies presented by two Departments leading in this area of work in the Government of Canada. Presentations were made by Jean-Francois Ruel, Director Intelligence and Data Division, Canada Revenue Agency and Chad Hartnell, A/Senior Director, Partnership and Strategies Division, Public Health Agency.
A panel discussion regarding the importance of, and ‘how to’ engage academia in adopting behavioural economics. Panel members included: Catherine Bennett, Assistant Commissioner, CRA; Greg Richards, Executive-in-Residence, Telfer School, University of Ottawa; and Tim Wilson, Executive Director, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
A presentation by Jennifer Miller, Director, Policy Innovation, Privy Council Office, Office of the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. She spoke to the group about the role of the Innovation Hub in PCO in helping Departments deliver on the vision for Destination 2020.
A group exercise. Four questions engaged participants in discussions about the challenges, opportunities and use of Nudge in Government.
A WebEx question and answer session with Dr. David Halpern from the UK’s Behavoural Insights team.
Click here to view the PHAC Prezi on “Mobilizing Partnerships for Collective Action”.
Click here to view the IOG’s report “Applying Behavioural Insights to Government Decision-makers”