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The search for the best evidence communication of 2022 begins!

Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

News - The search for the best evidence communication of 2022 begins!

Last year, the Winton Centre, in association with the Science Media Centre and Sense About Science launched the inaugural Harding Prize for Trustworthy Communication.

The Harding Prize for 2021 was jointly won by the ONS Covid Infection Survey and the Cochrane Review of Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19.

Helen Boaden, Chair of the judging panel, commented:

“It's never been more important for the public and policy makers to have access to the best possible evidence before they make significant decisions for themselves or others.
Both our winners set the gold standard for clearly communicating accurate, trustworthy, transparent data without frills or spin. The panel is delighted to jointly award them the inaugural Harding Prize.”

The ONS Covid Infection Survey are using their prize money to support lectures, presentations and events in Universities, themed around ‘statistics for the public good’. They are targeting universities with a high proportion of students from under-represented backgrounds to highlight the importance of our data for shaping government policy and therefore encourage them to take up a career in statistics.

This year we are offering two prizes: one for the best communication of evidence to a general audience, and one to a specialist audience. The final judging panel is again illustrious: Helen Boaden, Helen Jamieson, Fraser Nelson and Professor Onora O’Neill.

To read more about the prizes, and nominate good communication that you have seen during 2022, please visit