BehaviourWorks Australia is called a research enterprise for a reason.
From the start, our aim has been to break down the barriers that have traditionally prevented academic research from being translated into practice and, over the past six years, we have helped dozens of government departments, private sector organisations, service providers and not-for-profit organisations make evidence-based strategic, investment and program decisions.
In fact, we’ve worked on hundreds of behaviour change projects and contributed to hundreds more through our consortium partnership arrangement.
Our success in delivering results and, perhaps more importantly, building and maintaining relationships, means that many new projects, and project partners, come our way via word of mouth. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not keen to make some new acquaintances.
We’re here to help
We’re here to help the ‘champions of change’ explain the value (or should we say, necessity) of integrating behavioural insights into social, environmental and organisational programs. That said, we’ve noticed that there has been a significant culture shift in this regard, with more and more organisations seeking out behaviour change specialists.
To be clear, BehaviourWorks Australia is not a consultancy. Rather, we’re a university-based research unit that helps organisations understand behavioural problems and develop evidence-based solutions using a unique and flexible methodology known as the BWA Method (available upon request).
As academics, we are rigorous but we seek to have fun and to build a culture that supports enterprise, innovation and agility. In fact, our partners tell us that we’re an open and creative organisation – one that doesn’t just focus on theory but on solving real-world problems.
Collaboration is everything
While there are various ways of working with us (see below), in general our model is one of collaboration, as we believe that the most effective way of finding behavioural solutions is to look at problems from both an academic and practitioner perspective.
These collaborations are vitally important to us in terms of being able to build knowledge of what works in the real world and, by sharing learnings, techniques and expertise with our partners, we are able to work more efficiently and effectively and empowered to turn ideas into actions.
How to work with us
It is worth noting that, as our behaviour change toolkit is made up of many different academic products, as well as some we have developed ourselves, we do not offer a stock standard product. Rather, we tailor tools to specific projects and to the commissioning organisation’s needs.
So, the starting point of any project really, is to simply pick up the phone and talk to us.
Experience tells us that many organisations need help defining the problem to begin with, so we normally we recommend that they bring us in early to help unpack the problem and prioritise the behaviours. We can then do a ‘deep dive’ if necessary before moving on to the trial phase.
Government and industry perspectives
We know that behaviour change is an important business tool. In fact, many of our researchers have worked in government and industry and are sensitive to the systems and processes of government and industry.
As such, they are well placed to provide advice – or to point you in the right direction if BehaviourWorks is not the right fit.
In summary, BehaviourWorks Australia offers:
- a tried and tested approach to identifying behavioural problems and developing intervention strategies to solve large and small challenges
- access to specialists from a range of behavioural/social science backgrounds, including social psychology, health, behavioural economics, political science, social marketing, education, management, regulation, law and sustainability
- skills in designing, conducting and evaluating behaviour change trials
- access to a wide range of subject experts from Monash University and other knowledge centres around the world
- facilitated Forum workshops, including exploration exercises to identify behavioural problems
- literature reviews (including rapid reviews), practice reviews and systematic reviews
- information and links to the latest thinking on behaviour change, nationally and internationally.