behaviour change

New report by CEP on dog walkers’ attitudes and behaviours

New report provides baseline assessment on dog walkers’ attitudes and behaviours for the South Downs National Park Authority’s ‘Take the Lead’ campaign

CEP were commissioned by the South Downs National Park Authority to undertake a study to establish baseline data on key sites for dog walker behaviour and engagement among heathlands within the South Downs National Park.  The study has informed and is part of the Heathlands Reunited Heritage Lottery Funded project’s Take the Lead campaign which is being led by the National Park Authority.

The study, in 2018, conducted desk research and developed a public survey in order to gain baseline data on dog walkers’ attitudes and behaviours. This survey will be repeated during the final year of the Heathlands Reunited project (2021), in order to explore the impact of the Take the Lead campaign on behaviour change.

The final project baseline report has now been published: The Heathlands Reunited Evaluation of Behaviour Change in Dog Walkers Baseline Report

For more information contact Paula Orr (Technical Director) or Sian Morse-Jones

CEP to undertake REA on water efficiency for Defra

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CEP to undertake REA on behaviour change approaches to water efficiency for Defra

The Centre for Hydrology & Ecology (CEH) and CEP have been commissioned by Defra to undertake a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) as part of the Managed Service Provider Framework for Evidence Reviews in the context of Water Resources and Flood Risk Management. The Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) on behaviour change approaches to promote household water efficiency, will review and assess existing academic and other literature about behaviour change relating to reducing the demand for water. The REA will focus on answering the following question:

'What behaviour change approaches have been used to reduce household demand for water and how effective are these approaches?'

To assess the effectiveness of the approaches, the REA will assess and rate each piece of evidence for its relevance and robustness following the recent JWEG guidance (Collins et al, 2015). The study will also seek to identify key gaps remaining in the evidence base and suggest how these could be filled.