"Nudge" interventions at Loughton and other JCP-related sites

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I understand that the DWP has conducted at least one experiment with the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team in the Loughton Jobcentre Plus office; this experiment was well publicised in the national media and been critiqued in academic publications.

I would like to request a copy of the following information;
1. all training material used for preparing Jobcentre Plus staff to carry out this experiment;
2. all material which was issued to benefit claimants under this experiment;
3. a copy of the trial protocol;
4. a full rationale (including supporting evidence) for the design of the intervention tested;
5. all calculations and assumptions made for calculating sample sizes;
6. all information relating to achieved sample sizes and breakdowns of the sample by characteristics (gender, age, benefit type, health conditions, ethnicity) of the intervention and the control groups (and how this maps on to the general profile of both the local office population and the national claimant population);
7. a full disclosure of the results of this trial i.e. what was the impact of the intervention in terms of supporting claimants off benefits (off-flow at time intervals of 13, 26 and 52 weeks) and keeping them off benefits (time off benefits as measured at 52 weeks) (I understand these are common metrics used within DWP analysis), and;
8. an estimated publication date and dissemination plan for this research.

I also request this information for all trials/experiments/tests which have been implemented to test Behavioural Economic (nudge) interventions either at a national or local level within DWP/JCP. This includes research carried out to affect behaviour of staff and/or claimants, and conducted either in conjunction with the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights team or by the DWP alone.

Yours faithfully,

John Arnold
Professor of Organisational Behaviour
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University
United Kingdom

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DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

Dear John Arnold,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

You can expect a reply by 9/4/15 unless I need to come back to you to clarify your request or the balance of the public interest test needs to be considered.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

Dear Sir

Thank you for your recent reply to my FOI request (958) and I understand the rationale of your response.

I have thus refined my request.

I would therefore like to ask for a list of tests/experiments of behavioural interventions (classified as ‘nudge’ interventions), the central DWP policy development function are aware of, that have been conducted by/on behalf of DWP to influence the behaviour of benefit claimants or staff.

I also respectfully ask that you provide an approximate timeframe for publication of the finding for each experiment e.g. April 2015 or summer 2015.

I can’t imagine that this refined request would be more than the 3½ days work for a central HQ function.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

John Arnold

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

Dear John Arnold,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

You can expect a reply by 7/5/15 unless I need to come back to you to clarify your request or the balance of the public interest test needs to be considered.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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Your right to complain under the Freedom of Information Act

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Caxton House, Tothill Street, SW1H 9NA. Any review request should be submitted within two months of the date of this letter. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office for a decision. Generally the Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our own complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF
www.ico.org.uk/Global/contact_us or telephone 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745

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Please see the attached reply to your Freedom of Information request

Yours sincerely

DWP Strategy FoI team

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