Tasmanian Behavioural Lab

tas.be.lab provides behavioural insights training, research and consultancy from Tasmania and for Tasmania.

Welcome to the Tasmanian Behavioural Lab (tas.be.lab)

Good decisions improve the quality of an individual’s life. Good decisions across society enhance social welfare and advance human progress. In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, proliferating information makes choice ever more difficult. Behavioural science is a cross-disciplinary field that draws on scientific insights and research methods from behavioural economics, psychology and cognitive science to understand how people behave and make decisions.

At tas.be.lab, we use behavioural science to help improve how individuals, organisations and governments make decisions in critical contexts such as work, health, the environment and the marketplace. We create impact through studying, teaching and deploying behavioural insights, methods and interventions in collaboration with the public sector, NGOs and business, and by participating in public debate.

If you would like to learn more about how we can work together to use behavioural science to improve our future decisions, we invite you to get in touch.

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Capabilities

Behavioural science uses methods and insights about how humans think and act to design effective policies. tas.be.lab brings our behavioural expertise to work with partners and clients in policy and practice.

We offer solutions at every stage of the intervention process, from problem identification to testing of solutions. Alternatively, our partners may choose to “mix and match” from our capabilities depending on their needs and expertise.

Problem

What’s the problem, exactly? You need to be able to articulate your issue to design the right interventions to fix it. We help partners diagnose and identify their policy challenges in behavioural terms - based on the underlying psychological drivers.

Science

What do we know already? It’s hard to keep up-to-date with the latest research that applies directly to your challenge. tas.be.lab conducts reviews of cutting-edge behavioural science directly relevant to you. We produce reports that highlight the key takeaways in plain English.

Intervention

How do we fix it? tas.be.lab co-design the right behavioural interventions to address your policy challenges. Our designs bring behavioural change tailored to your context and objectives.

Evaluation

Has it worked? We evaluate your policies and interventions. tas.be.lab designs and run experiments in the right contexts (online, in the field or lab) to establish whether your policies are fit for purpose.

Data

What’s your evidence base? You have amassed data about customers, employees, your markets or industry. We use the latest statistical tools to tell you what the data say for better policy insight.

Study with us

At tas.be.lab we have significant experience in designing and delivering executive education courses internationally. If you are looking for professional behavioural science training, please look at our Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Insights. Alternatively, we can co-design a tailor-made programme based on your organisation’s needs and priorities.

We offer a Graduate Certificate as well as a range of short courses for postgraduates and practitioners seeking to upskill and develop capabilities in behavioural insights.

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Facilities

The brand new tas.be.lab experimental facility is currently under construction at 100 Melville Street in Hobart. It will feature a state-of-the-art laboratory and training centre seating 25 participants or programme delegates.

tas.be.lab use the University of Tasmania mobile interactive learning environment truck (MILE) to conduct studies and engagement activities across Tasmania. MILE is a 17-tonne, 22-meter semi-articulated truck that provides a unique learning and research environment on wheels to allowing tas.be.lab to engage with communities across Tasmania.

tas.be.lab maintains a database of potential study participants which include students and staff from UTAS as well as members of the community. If you are interested in receiving invitations to participate in one of our studies, please join our participant database.

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Our work

At tas.be.lab we apply behavioural insights and methods to the issues and topics that concern our clients and collaborators from the community, business and government. Our work covers a broad spectrum of economic, environmental, health and social welfare decision-making, from which the following common themes have emerged.