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Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

 

We believe that everyone has a right to balanced evidence on issues important to them; evidence presented in a transparent way, to inform but not persuade.

 

We therefore aim to:

  • Seek out the evidence about issues important to people’s lives, and ensure that it is presented to them in such a way as to make the potential for both risk and benefit as clear as possible.
  • Reach as many people as possible with evidence relevant to them, and to use feedback and research to be constantly improving its communication efforts.
  • Share its own knowledge and experience with others in order to encourage global adoption of the best known methods of communicating quantitative evidence clearly and without bias.

This will entail:

  • Close collaboration with groups and individuals across the globe who hold data, expertise in analysis, or expertise in communication.
  • Close collaboration with groups and individuals across the globe who need information on which to base their decisions – whether those be personal, professional or political.
  • The development and evaluation of ways in which quantitative evidence can be communicated clearly to people who have different needs and come from different backgrounds, whilst acknowledging uncertainties and limitations in the underlying data.
  • A loud voice and collaboration with key communicators of evidence in a range of media, both to encourage excellence and draw attention to bad practice.
  • Whilst committed to collaboration, the Centre will always be independent in its work and never compromise its aims for financial or political considerations.

 

To collaborate with us, or simply discuss any potential projects, do get in touch via wintoncentre@maths.cam.ac.uk

Our funding sources:

Our core funding comes from a philanthropic donation from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation and the Winton Charitable Foundation. Neither the Foundation, nor David & Claudia Harding have any presence on our Management Board and so do not control the day to day running of the Centre or the projects we undertake.

Any payments that Centre staff receive for speaking engagements related to the Centre's work are paid directly into our central funds to help finance our continued activities.  Any honoraria that Professor Spiegelhalter receives for engagements outside of his work for the Centre are donated to a charity chosen by Prof Spiegelhalter.

All staff and the Management Board have completed declarations of potential conflicts of interest in order to avoid any arising.