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Michael Blastland

Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

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Michael Blastland

Michael Blastland

Michael Blastland is a freelance writer and broadcaster. Programmes he has devised and presented or produced include More or Less (about numbers in the news, with Andrew Dilnot); The Human Zoo (about behavioural science); The History of Britain in Numbers (also with Andrew), and Whodunnit (about the causes of social change). He is also an occasional presenter of Analysison Radio 4 and The inquiry. His writing includes The Tiger That Isn’t (with Andrew Dilnot, about numbers in public debate); The Norm Chronicles (with David Spiegelhalter, about risk), and Joe (about his son’s autism). He talks and presents widely to public and private sector, and trains senior BBC and other journalists to interpret data. He is currently working on a book so foolhardy it might never see daylight, aiming at a popular treatment of causality and evidence. 

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The Winton Centre's new tool for helping the reporting of health statistics launched: RealRisk

15 October 2020

The Centre has publicly released RealRisk: its long-awaited tool to help those communicating medical statistics

How medical training needs to change to allow true evidence-informed decision-making

25 September 2020

A new blog and paper from Alex Freeman of the Winton Centre, with colleagues who have worked together to develop, and evaluate, elearning courses in risk communication and shared decision making in healthcare.

How do Covid-19 deaths compare with those from accidents, flu and other causes of death?

13 July 2020

The numbers dying from Covid-19 are in the headlines daily. Help restore some perspective with this comparison of deaths from a range of more familiar causes. Prepared by Professor David …

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