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House of Lords 'Behaviour Change' Inquiry

House of Lords 'Behaviour Change' Inquiry

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The aim of much government policy is to bring about changes in people’s behaviour and so a government’s success will often depend on their ability to implement effective behaviour change interventions whilst, at the same time, avoiding significant harmful side effects. Governments can use a variety of different types of policy interventions to change the behaviour of the population. These range from providing information or undertaking campaigns of persuasion that promote certain behaviour, to taxation and legislation. In Table 1 of this report we set out a schematic list of types of intervention.
The aim of much government policy is to bring about changes in people’s behaviour and so a government’s success will often depend on their ability to implement effective behaviour change interventions whilst, at the same time, avoiding significant harmful side effects. Governments can use a variety of different types of policy interventions to change the behaviour of the population. These range from providing information or undertaking campaigns of persuasion that promote certain behaviour, to taxation and legislation. In Table 1 of this report we set out a schematic list of types of intervention.

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HOUSE OF LORDSScience and Technology Select Committee2nd Report of Session 2010–12
Behaviour Change
Report
Ordered to be printed 11 July 2011 and published 19 July 2011Published by the Authority of the House of Lords
London
: The Stationery Office Limited£priceHL Paper 179
 
Science and Technology Committee
The Science and Technology Committee is appointed by the House of Lords in each session “toconsider science and technology”.
Current Membership
The Members of the Science and Technology Committee are:Lord Broers Baroness Perry of SouthwarkLord Crickhowell Lord Rees of LudlowLord Cunningham of Felling Earl of SelborneBaroness Hilton of Eggardon Lord Wade of ChorltonLord Krebs (Chairman) Lord WarnerBaroness Neuberger Lord Willis of KnaresboroughLord Patel Lord WinstonThe Members of the Sub-Committee which carried out this inquiry (Science and Technology Sub-Committee I) are:Lord Alderdice Baroness O’Neill of BengarveLord Crickhowell Lord PatelBaroness Hilton of Eggardon Baroness Perry of SouthwarkLord Krebs Earl of SelborneLord May of Oxford Lord Sutherland of HoundwoodBaroness Neuberger (Chairman) Lord Warner
Declaration of Interests
See Appendix 1A full list of Members’ interests can be found in the Register of Lords’ Interests:http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/standards-and-interests/register-of-lords-interests 
Publications
All publications of the Committee are available on the internet at: www.parliament.uk/hlscience 
Parliament Live
Live coverage of debates and public sessions of the Committee’s meetings are available at:www.parliamentlive.tv 
General Information
General information about the House of Lords and its Committees, including guidance towitnesses, details of current inquiries and forthcoming meetings is on the internet at:http://www.parliament.uk/business/lords 
Committee Staff 
The current staff of the Sub-Committee I are Daisy Ricketts (Clerk), Rachel Newton (PolicyAnalyst) and Cerise Burnett-Stuart (Committee Assistant).
Contact Details
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Science and Technology Committee,Committee Office, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW.The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 4963The Committee’s email address is hlscience@parliament.uk 
 
CONTENTS
 Paragraph Page
Summary
 
5
Chapter 1: Introduction
 
7
Scope of the inquiry
1.4
7
Structure of the report
1.8
8
Acknowledgements
1.9
8
Chapter 2: Definitions, categorisation and the ethics of behaviourchange interventions
 
9
Definitions and categorisation
2.2
9
Interventions and ethical acceptability
2.10
12
Conclusion
2.19
15
Chapter 3: Understanding what influences behaviour
 
16
Different kinds of evidence
3.1
16
Understanding behaviour: basic research
3.2
16
Applied research at a population level
3.6
17
Conclusion
3.10
18
Chapter 4: Evidence-based policy
 
20
Are Government policies evidence-based?
4.1
20
Addressing the barriers to evidence-based policy
4.9
22
Translation of research
4.17
25
Chapter 5: The Government approach to changing behaviour
32
An emphasis on non-regulatory interventions
5.2
32
Partnership Working
5.16
36
Voluntary agreements between Government and businesses
5.19
38
The role of local authorities
5.28
41
Chapter 6: Evaluation of behaviour change interventions
 
45
Ensuring effective evaluation
6.2
45
Conclusions
6.14
50
Chapter 7: Case studies
 
52
Case Study 1: Tackling obesity
7.2
52
Case Study 2: reducing car use
7.26
59
Chapter 8: Conclusions and recommendations
 
67
Appendix 1: Members and declarations of interest
 
73
Appendix 2: List of witnesses
 
75
Appendix 3: Calls for evidence
 
88
Appendix 4: Seminar on behaviour change interventions to preventand tackle obesity held at the House of Lords
 
93
Appendix 5: Seminar on behaviour change and travel behaviourheld at the House of Lords
 
99
Appendix 6: Ethics and behaviour change seminar held at theHouse of Lords
 
105

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A recent report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee 'Behaviour Change' cites written evidence by Drs Bennett Foddy and Eric Mandelbaum. Dr Foddy also participated in the 'Ethics and Behaviour Change' seminar which took place at the House of Lords on 10 February 2011.

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