Public Lecture: Trials and Tribulations

Policy makers around the globe have become increasingly interested in behavioural insights, evidence-based policy, RCTs and more recently data science. As Head of Research and Evaluation and Chief Data Scientist for the Behavioural Insights Team, Dr Michael Sanders has overseen hundreds of trials and will talk through some of the highs and lows of running trials and using data with government.

About the Speaker

Michael Sanders is Chief Scientist and Head of Research, Evaluation and Social Action at the Behavioural Insights Team. His team supports BIT’s policy work through the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials, as well as the use of quasi-experimental methods and data science. The team also leads a series of trials encouraging charitable donations, volunteering, and social action.

Michael is an Associate Fellow of the Blavatnik School of Government, where he teaches Behavioural Science and Policy. He is an affiliate of the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group, and in the 2016-17 academic year will also be teaching field experimental design at the University of Bristol. He holds an MSc in Economics and Public Policy, and a PhD in Economics, both from the University of Bristol.

His PhD research focused on the application of Behavioural Science to Charitable Fundraising. He previously taught Public Policy Analysis at the University of Bristol, and worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath, and has completed post-doctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.