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Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

 

Research

We want to ensure that evidence is communicated in the very clearest way possible, and so we undertake research into how people read and understand words and graphics, and how they make decisions based on factual information. This research underlies all our work below.

 

Collaborations and projects

We collaborate with people who want to present evidence in a balanced manner, either to professionals (such as medical professionals, policy-makers, legal practitioners) or to the general public.  We can help develop all kinds of communication material, from websites, printed materials or apps to researching whole new ways of working and language to help get messages across clearly and in a balanced way.  We also want to make any tools that we develop available to any other institutions that might find them helpful - perhaps translating them for international use, or re-using them to produce similar graphics from slightly different data sources.

Currently we are working on a new version of the NHS Predict website that provides information for clinicians and patients making a decision about treatment options following surgery for breast cancer, in collaboration with Public Health England and the University of Oxford; and investigating new working practices around informed consent for surgery following the ruling in the Supreme Court on the case of Montgomery vs Lanarkshire Health Board, in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons.

 

Working with the media

We are keen to help journalists report numerical evidence fairly, and to challenge badly presented or misleading statistics. We work with professional organisations to help provide training for journalists and others who work with the media, and also provide a service for those who need immediate assistance with a story involving numerical evidence.

 

Rapid reviews of numbers in the news

We keep an eye on important stories in the media that involve quantitative evidence (or even evidence that we come across that we think SHOULD be in the media), and blog about it here: https://medium.com/wintoncentre

 

Advice for those with data to present

In order to help academics or others who have important quantitative evidence that they want to present clearly, we run 'clinics' to give relatively quick advice.

 

If you are interested in any of these services, then do get in touch at wintoncentre@maths.cam.ac.uk