Politicians and Statistics

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Thursday 24 November 2016, 04:30pm - 05:30pm

Location Lecture Theatre 6, Hicks Building, The University of Sheffield, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH

Richard Cracknell, Head of Social and General Statistics, House of Commons Research

Political debate is frequently supported by statistics. What could otherwise be seen as conjecture becomes immutable fact with the inclusion of a few "killer" numbers. Politicians, however, do not always have the skills (or time) to source and assess data for themselves and the advent of a world of "big data" further adds to the universe of statistical possibilities. 

Whether the issue is joblessness, new businesses opening, migration, school enrolments, admissions to A&E – where do MPs and go for the latest, most accurate evidence? Is the data broken down by constituency or do they have to work with figures relating to council areas or regions? Who’s guaranteeing the data is accurate? Richard Cracknell is head of social statistics in the Research and Information Service of the House of Commons and it's his team MPs go to for answers.

Andrew Dilnot, head of the U.K. Statistics Authority, has described the work done by Richard and his colleagues as "the UK constitution's best kept secret". Come and find out why. Richard will talk about how politicians use statistics and how his team in House of Commons equips MPs with the statistics and understanding they need.


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