Society to hold debate on trust in statistics

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Margins of error
The Royal Statistical Society is co-hosting a major policy debate on the issue of public understanding and trust of statistics, as part of its ongoing getstats campaign.
Titled ‘Margins of Error: Public understanding of statistics in an era of big data’, the event will explore why statistical literacy remains relatively low for large proportions of the population and examine the potential implications of this for individuals and policy. It will also address how public understanding of statistics might be improved.
Also hosted by Ipsos MORI and King’s College London, the meeting will be chaired by RSS president John Pullinger and include talks by Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority; Bobby Duffy, managing director of Ipsos MORI; and Denise Lievesley, former RSS president and head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London. The talks will be followed by a Q&A discussion.
The event is to be held on Tuesday 14 May, 5.30-8pm at King’s College London. Further information and details on registration, can be found here.
This meeting is the first of a series of events that King’s College London, Ipsos MORI and the RSS are holding to mark the International Year of Statistics. A further event, scheduled for June, will consider the gaps between public perceptions and reality on key policy issues. Interested parties can register advance interest in this event here.

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