How the Policy Lab Works

How the Policy Lab works


The Policy Lab uses surveys to identify and assess attitudes to policy. It also uses survey data to compare the effects of different policies on individuals, organisations and governments, in different contexts.

Design and field experiments

The Policy Lab employs rigorous methods to design, conduct and evaluate experiments to discover what supports innovation in the public sector and how these practices can be tested and sustained.

Laboratory and survey experiments

The Policy Lab applies behavioural science approaches to politics and policy to understand how different individuals and groups of people make choices and negotiate solutions to problems. The team does this using laboratory settings and via survey experiments.

Model building and testing

The Policy Lab combines existing data sets with new purpose-driven survey data, theory-based group discussion, active lab collaborations and primary field experiments to model and test conceptual assumptions. This leads to reconfiguring assumptions based on experimental data and through agile methodology and design thinking.