A second major policy debate on understanding statistics, run by the Royal Statistical Society, King’s College London and Ipsos MORI, is to be held on Tuesday 9 July 2013.
Titled ‘The Perils of Perception’, the lecture will this time examine how people’s understanding of the state of society is affected by personal experience rather than more objective evidence. It will also cover issues where public perceptions are out of step with the data – such as levels of crime, proportion of government money spent on overseas aid and benefit levels.
The meeting is chaired by RSS executive director Hetan Shah and speakers include Office for Budget Responsibility chair Robert Chote, BBC home editor Mark Easton, Jill Rutter of the Institute for Government, Professor Ken Young, programme director for Public Policy at King’s, and Bobby Duffy of Ipsos MORI.
The panel will address questions such as: Why do these perception gaps arise? Do they matter? If so, what can be done to better align public understanding with the facts?
The lecture starts at 6.15pm (drinks from 5.30pm) at the Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand Campus and a Q&A will follow the speakers. The event will be followed by drinks and canapés at 7.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend should register
their interest first (click on the green ‘online booking’ button).
Those interested in commenting on the event using social media are asked to use the #perceptiongaps hashtag.