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NEUROBLOG 1: How the brain’s need for fuel can affect the quality of responses

Rachel CopeWhat we know about neuroscience might impact on how we design and deliver market and social research projects. My first ‘neuroblog’ considers the impact on decision making of the brain’s need for and use of glucose, and how we might use this relatively new learning when devising our research. Continue reading

Congratulations to Consensus, our financial services brand, on being nominated for prestigious industry award

We’re thrilled – and very proud – that Consensus’ work with Swiss Re has been shortlisted in the Customer Loyalty & Retention category of the Financial Services Forum’s Marketing Effectiveness Awards. Consensus and Swiss Re’s entry, Connecting Generations – Protecting Generations, describes their work together on the industry-leading 2013 UK Insurance Report of the same name.

Physical fitness, for a healthy body and mind

Peggy YoungFollowing the theme of Ivonne’s excellent blog about the benefits of knitting  on mental health I would like to put the case for exercise as well.  I can often leave work feeling very jaded and mentally tired. I find myself unable to leave my work ’problems’ behind Continue reading

Why we won’t be giving up on giving

charlotteCWith a multitude of causes and adverts or people almost everywhere we turn, what does this mean for charity giving? Donor fatigue is not a new phenomenon. However, with many causes vying for our attention and both frequent natural disasters and long-standing humanitarian crises there is a clear and definite need to keep donors engaged with the cause. Continue reading

Experiences of workers who have opted out: DWP publish our latest research findings

PublicationsThe DWP has published the findings of our qualitative research among workers who have opted out. As part of our research with the first employers to implement automatic enrolment, we spoke to 50 employees who explained their reasons for leaving workplace schemes following automatic enrolment, their experience of this process and their general attitudes to saving for retirement. Read the report in full here.

Automatic enrolment: Qualitative research with workers who have opted out (published March 2014)

PublicationsAndrew Wood, Kate Downer, Christoph Körbitz and Louise Amantani

This is the first study to explore comprehensively the experiences of workers who were automatically enrolled into a workplace pension and chose subsequently to opt out. We spoke to 50 workers at the first organisations to implement automatic enrolment, and they explained their reasons for opting out, their experience going through the opt-out process and their overall attitude toward retirement provision. The findings of this study will feed into discussions around the success of automatic enrolment in increasing the number of individuals saving for retirement.

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Automatic enrolment: Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow

Kate Downer I’ve just re-read the chapter of Nudge called ‘Save more tomorrow,’ in which the authors consider ‘how private and public institutions might nudge people in directions that will make them a bit wealthier and more secure.’ Now, I reckon most of us are up for more wealth and more security. And as luck would have it, our latest report for DWP which looks at peoples’ experiences of automatic enrolment Continue reading

31/10/13 – Automatic enrolment: Qualitative research with large employers

Automatic_enrolementThe DWP has published the findings of our auto enrolment research in full.  We explored the impact of auto-enrolment on 50 of the first employers to implement it, looking into early opt-out rates and eliciting employees’ reasons for opting out. The DWP and the pensions minister are already using the research to develop government policy on auto-enrolment further. Read the report in full here.

Is the next big tech revolution on your wrist?

I haven’t owned a watch for quite a few years, but The New York times are reporting that Apple are apparently playing with loading their iOS software into a wrist watch.  Apple aren’t the only ones investing in smartwatch technology. A great crowd funded start-up called Pebble also has a bluetooth enabled watch. Continue reading
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