The Policy Research Group has one simple view: appropriate use of evidence in policies will benefit population outcomes.
To demonstrate this, the team works on a series of projects across many domains of interest to psychologists, policymakers, and industry. In each case, they look for the best way to carry out high quality research that retains real-life value. As work is carried out, PRG constantly aims to translate insights into meaningful outputs, engaging with stakeholders and champions throughout. The ultimate goal within PRG is to generate relevant evidence for decision-making, whether informing leaders about complex challenges or simply engaging individuals with research outcomes in a way that speaks to the widest possible audience. In reaching for this goal, the research group hopes to offer improved outcomes for populations, particularly regarding their security, economic stability, and well-being.
The PRG is a small team of researchers and affiliates within the CBR that are focused specifically on behavioural insights in policy, particularly in linking experimental methods to real-world applications. Our primary contribution in CBR is through the GCRF Research for Health in Conflict (R4HC-MENA) project, with a handful of additional projects related to behaviour and decision-making.
Dr Kai Ruggeri
Director, Policy Research Group
Dr Kai Ruggeri is Assistant Professor in Health Policy at Columbia University and a Senior Fellow at the University of Cambridge where he founded the Policy Research Group (PRG). He completed his PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast, focusing on statistical methods in social sciences. He is also Director of the Junior Researcher Programme in psychology, plus holds a visiting professorship in economics at the HEC Paris (Qatar). His work is on behavioural and economic policies that consider health and well-being as primary outcomes of interest. He is a Fellow of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Corpus Christi College.
Dr Tomas Folke
Research Fellow, Policy Research Group
Dr Tomas Folke recently completed his PhD on the role of subjective confidence in human decision making. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of York and an MSc in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge. He is working half time for the international NGO Ground Truth Solutions, to make humanitarian aid interventions more responsive to affected populations. He is interested in how statistical modelling can be used to improve real world outcomes.