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To inform, not persuade


To make good decisions, we all need good evidence which is clearly communicated. At the Winton Centre we have been working with institutions and individuals to improve the way that important evidence is presented to all of us.

The Winton Centre has been a fixed-term project and is now winding up, ready to close at the end of December 2022. We have always worked closely with other institutions to ensure that all our projects have a long-term future.

Communicating the potential harms and benefits of a particular medical treatment

We have worked with the NHS, Public Health England and medical professionals developing online tools and medical results report templates which communicate possible outcomes of specific treatments in a clear and balanced way, supporting patients and doctors to make difficult treatment decisions. We have also launched fully accredited online courses in risk communication.


Communicating evidence in legal cases

We have worked with legal professionals, law students and forensic experts to help them understand how best to understand, present or examine evidence in legal situations. We are currently developing free resources for legal training, along with our collaborators at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science and the University of Northumbria law school, which will be launched before the Winton Centre comes to an end.


Communicating what the latest research means for everyone

We work with press officers and journalists reporting the latest research in health and the social sciences to improve the way numbers are communicated. We have developed the online tool RealRisk and conduct original research into the most effective communication techniques.


Communicating which policies work best in education, health and civic life

We have worked with government departments, evidence-based policymakers and social scientists to improve the way the potential harms and benefits of complex policy issues are communicated.


Communicating uncertainty

We are carrying out research into how best to communicate uncertainty in journalistic reporting, in graphical formats, and how to communicate the underlying quality of evidence surrounding a number or claim.



Covid-19: Making Sense of the Numbers

Check out our collected Covid-19 resources.

  • An interactive tool to help you decide what actions make the most difference when protecting yourself and others
  • Advice on communicating personalised COVID-19 risk from our research
  • Our findings on public trust and attitudes to science and government in the UK during the pandemic
  • Links to our original research exploring risk perception and trust around the world



In Our Resources you will find tools and best-practice guides tailored specifically for lawyers, healthcare professionals, journalists and those in the civil service or policymaking.


In Our Projects you can explore the full range of our partnerships, applied work and published research.

Risky Talk


Listen to our Winton Centre podcast RiskyTalk to hear experts discuss the problems of communicating risks in a broad range of fields.



If you think you're risk-savvy, test yourself with our quick quizzes for legal professionals, medical professionals, or journalists.


To join our mailing list to hear about news from the Centre (used sparingly!) please email wintoncentre@maths.cam.ac.uk

Can You Handle the Evidence?

Test your skill at navigating evidence-by-numbers with one of our quick quizzes.

Journalists & Press Officers
Do you know your absolute from your relative risks? Your ORs from your HRs? Test yourself here.
Medical Professionals
You know the difference between sensitivity and specificity, but what about lead-time and overdiagnosis bias? Examine yourself here.
Legal Professionals
Given a positive DNA match, what’s the likelihood of innocence? Check your grasp of forensic evidence & probability here.

Latest news

The search for the best evidence communication of 2022 begins!

25 November 2022

The Harding Prizes for communication in 2022 are now open for nominations at https://hardingprize.online

The Winton Centre's new Decision Support Tools for the NHS launched!

28 July 2022

The Winton Centre was commissioned by NHS England to produce a set of decision support tools, designed to help patients make decisions about their treatment alongside their health professionals.

Working …

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Our projects

RealRisk is an online tool to support press officers and journalists to report risks in a clear and responsible way. The tool converts specialist statistics (like relative risks and hazard ratios) into Absolute Risks with accompanying visualisations.

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With the era of personalised medicine dawning, genetic and genomic testing is becoming a mainstream part of our healthcare - but most patients and non-specialist clinicians find the results difficult to interpret. We're working to solve that.

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