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Benjamin Hickler

Behavioural Science Research Manager (C4D)

Benjamin Hickler is a Medical Anthropologist and Social and Behavior Change (C4D) expert with experience in program leadership, capacity building, community involvement, and behavioral research and design. He has worked with communities and governments in over 20 countries in development, humanitarian, and health emergency contexts. Ben’s passion is working to incorporate the voices and realities of often-overlooked communities into the formulation of policy and programming. His recent work builds on the intersection of participatory research methods, human-centered design, and behavioral insights to increase community uptake of primary health services. His current role will focus on applying emerging evidence and approaches from cognitive, behavioral, and social sciences across a range of UNICEF program areas.


Ethical Considerations When Applying Behavioural Science in Projects Focused on Children
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Ethical Considerations When Applying Behavioural Science in Projects Focused on Children

Evidence increasingly shows applied behavioural science can positively impact childhood development and contribute to reducing inequalities. However, it is important for practitioners to reflect on the ethical considerations. For example, are you confident that the intervention is unlikely to have unintended harmful consequences? Or, is it easy for child recipients to opt out of the intervention? To better understand these impacts, we consulted children in Australia, Chile and Ghana, interviewed subject matter experts and practitioners, and conducted a targeted literature review. This paper distils our findings and provides examples of how evidence-based interventions can meaningfully impact children’s futures. It is accompanied by a toolkit to guide and support practitioners through key ethical decision points.


Ethical considerations when applying behavioural science in projects with children
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Ethical considerations when applying behavioural science in projects with children

(26 October 2021) - Over the last decade there has been a global trend to apply evidence and methods from the behavioural sciences to achieve programme and policy objectives. This webinar provides a focused reflection on ethical considerations for applying “behavioural insights” approaches to work that implicates children. UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti worked in partnership with the Behavioural Insights Team, Australia, and the Young and Resilient Research Centre (Western Sydney University) to undertake a systematic exploration of relevant literature along with consultations with youth to develop a comprehensive discussion paper and a set of practical tools to help practitioners navigate ethical considerations specific to applying behavioral insights approaches to programming with children. The webinar will provide an introduction and overview of the paper and associated tools followed by a panel discussion with select members of the Project Advisory Group as thought leaders and practitioners directly involved in shaping the project.    Presenters: Karen Tindall, PhD, and Lydia Hayward, PhD, Behavioural Insights TeamDiscussants:Allison Zelkowitz, Director, Center for Utilizing Behavioral Insights for Children (CUBIC), Save the Children InternationalLiam Delaney, PhD, Head of Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of EconomicsJulianne Birungi, Social and Behaviour Change Specialist, UNICEF NYHQMary MacLennan, Lead, UN Behavioural Science Group, UN Innovation NetworkChair: Benjamin Hickler, PhD, UNICEF Innocenti