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Behaviour works as usual

In this most difficult of times, we stand with you in taking every precaution to reduce the progress of COVID-19 and understand the impact that it is having on our health, livelihoods and wellbeing.  As part of Monash University, we remain open for business and we are doing everything we can to support our staff and partners to progress their research projects. Here's what we're doing.
Assisting wherever we can

** This page is being updated as new information comes to hand.

Human behaviour is at the core of the Covid-19 crisis and many other health, social and environmental challenges. 

As the pandemic – and our reactions to it – unfolds, the behaviours we want to see are becoming much harder to regulate. Sustained behaviour change is now the goal. 

To assist policymakers and leaders, we’re working on a number of projects and delivering insights to ensure the rules and regulations that are being put in place to protect us are underpinned by behavioural science and evidence.

Apart from the following projects, we’re also doing a lot of media outreach and we’re also ramping up our training program to support our partners. 

Contact us if we can assist you in any way:

COVID-related research

We’re leading the Australian chapter of the Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) project. This ‘living survey’ surveillance system looks at why citizens do – or do not – enact key public health behaviours and messages. The project is supported by the Victorian Government.

We have also recently:

  • Workshopped sensitive and effective communications of key messages during the crisis with a State Government agency.

  • Worked with a group of behavioural scientists to develop the website: StandAgainstCorona.The website presents a list of four actions that people can commit to in order to prevent infection. 

  • Conducted an online hackathon to help the Office of Innovation in the State of New Jersey (US) understand COVID-19 screening behaviours. The office has adopted our website interventions, which encourage honesty in filling out the form (to reduce the number of people trying to fast track being tested) and joining up for a flu tracker (which has tens of thousands signed up). The site received over 600,000 hits in the first 12 hours.

  • Designed processes for even more Rapid Reviews and scans with a 24-48 hour turnaround for urgent behavioural questions.

  • With AustralianSuper we are exploring, as part of a wider research study, how the current crisis is affecting retirement confidence.

Media and policy outreach

BehaviourWorks’s researchers have been highly active in their media and policy outreach work.

To date, our researchers have  written the following articles, or participated in media interviews: