Promotion of Public Integrity

Challenging the project seeks to address: The traditional view of control institutions is that civil servants behave like self-interested rational agents and that acts of nonconformity denote willful misconduct. Thus, control instruments run the risk of disregarding important aspects of human psychology that can lead to unintentional errors (limited attention, limited self-control, social compliance, etc.).

Project’s goal: Identify, in an exploratory way, how we can improve practices of public integrity promotion and anti-corruption through applying behavioral insights.

Methodology: From various interactions with members of the Ethics and Integrity Working Group of the National Council for Internal Control, the Behavioral Insights and Promotion of Public Integrity Workshop was held on September 24. The workshop was conceived and collaboratively designed by the Gnova’s team, Daniel Espínola (CGU) and Thaís Gargantini (AECOM Group). The guiding challenge was "How can we improve public integrity promotion practices by incorporating behavioral insights?".

The first part of the workshop was about conceptual leveling about behavioral sciences, their integrity program applications, and the importance of trust in creating an environment that fosters honest behavior. Then, starting from the problem: “What problems in Public Administration make an integrity policy necessary?”, it was used facilitation techniques to map useful behavioral insights to improve practices of promotion of public integrity.

The workshop was attended by representatives of control institutions of the three spheres of government, as well as participants from the CGU, the Civil House, the Ethics Committee of the Presidency of the Republic, TCU, SERPRO. Experts about behavioral sciences also participated.


Map of behavioral insights with four strategies: 1) Integrity programs; 2) Promotion of Governance; 3) Edition and disclosure of Codes of Ethics of each Institution; 4) Audit Planning.


The workshop product will be used by CONACI members in their subsequent corruption prevention and public integrity promotion activities.

Success signs:

Until the beginning of December, the contents discussed in the Workshop were presented in events at the CGU, in the city of Belo Horizonte, in the Federal District and in the states of Goiás and Ceará, pointing out the potential of the concepts and tools of behavioral sciences to inform the corruption prevention and public integrity promotion policies.

Partner (s):
National Council for Internal Control (CONACI)

September to October 2018.