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Work with us

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 since 2011 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.

Our experience

Having worked on hundreds of behaviour change projects since 2011, we reckon we’ve got a pretty good idea of how we can help organisations understand how, why – and at what points – research can be used to give behaviour change programs the greatest chance of success.

 

Using a three-phase change kit known as the BWA Method, we have a tried and tested process for understanding problems, identifying and prioritising behaviours, investigating the drivers and barriers of those behaviours and trialling interventions to give us evidence of what works. 

 

Our reputation for delivering rigorous research means that many new projects come our way via word of mouth. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not keen to make some new acquaintances!

 

Advice you can trust

 

BehaviourWorks Australia is not a consultancy per se. Rather, we’re a university-based research unit that helps organisations understand behavioural problems and develop evidence-based solutions.

 

We believe that having a practice grounded in academia gives us – and our partners – a distinct advantage. It means that our researchers are independent and trained to seek out and interpret data and provide qualified advice on the social, psychological, economic and environmental dimensions of everyday problems. 

 

While grounded in academia, many of our researchers have worked in government and industry and are sensitive to the systems and processes of business. In fact, our researchers are passionate about bridging the research-practice gap and working collaboratively with practitioners.

 

Our partners tell us that we’re innovative, agile and a lot fun to work with; an open and creative organisation that doesn’t just focus on theory but on solving real-world problems.

 

Partnership types


There are two ways of working with us.


1. Consortium partnerships

 

Consortium partners are generally those organisations who have worked with us for some time and want to enter into a more formal arrangement to enable knowledge sharing. Our current Consortium partners are:

 

– Sustainability Victoria

– Environment Protection Authority Victoria
– The Shannon Company

– Office of Environment and Heritage NSW

– WorkSafe VictoriaVicRoads

– Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

– NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.  

2. Project partnerships 

 

We also invite organisations to work with us on a project by project basis. We look for projects that have a social benefit and have the potential to add to the body of behaviour change knowledge; be that a publication, a conference presentation or a report. 

 

Our current project partners include: Australian Super, The Shannon Company and Australia Post.  

 

What we offer

 

We have a suite of research products and services available to help organisations work through their partiuclar challenges. In brief we offer:

 

– A tried and tested Method for identifying behavioural problems, prioritising behaviours and developing intervention strategies to solve common and complex social, environmental and organisational problems.

 

– Access to specialists from a range of behavioural/social science backgrounds.

 

– Skills in designing, conducting and evaluating behaviour change trials.

 

– Access to a subject experts from Monash University and other knowledge centres around the world.

 

– Facilitated Forum workshops to better understand problems and identify who needs to do what differently.

 

– Rapid evidence and practice reviews.

 

– Access to the latest thinking on behaviour change, nationally and internationally.

 

– Education (workshop and training products).

 

Getting started

 

The starting point of any project is to simply pick up the phone and talk to us. That said, experience tells us that many organisations need help defining the problem to begin with, so we normally recommend that organisations bring us in early to help unpack the problem.

 

Contact us to learn more.