New centre to present data, evidence and risk in measured way

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  • Author: Statistics Views and Cambridge University
  • Date: 23 November 2016
  • Copyright: Image appears courtesy of Professor Spiegelhalter

Cambridge University have announced the launch of a new Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, based at their Faculty of Mathematics, which will aim present risk, data and evidence in a clear and balanced way that is understandable to all.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk and Chair of the new Centre’s Executive Board and next President of the Royal Statistical Society said:

“We reject claims that we live in a 'post-truth' society, and that people are fed up with experts. We do acknowledge, however, that the public, professionals and policy-makers are often ill-served by the way in which evidence is communicated. We hope to work with others to improve how this is done, and empower people to make informed decisions that reflect both existing scientific evidence and their personal values.”

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According to a press release issued by the University, the Centre will have four mains areas of work: 'collaboration in producing clear descriptions and visualisations of evidence, monitoring and reviewing the communication of statistics, publicising best practice, and engaging widely with UK and international media.'

Research will be carried out into how we make decisions and this will be used in turn to research the best ways to present data to the world, and importantly, will be driven by the needs of different audiences. “As far as we know,” said Professor Spiegelhalter, “it will be the first of its kind in the world.”

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