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Margins of Error: Public understanding of statistics in an era of big data

Event Date:Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:30  -  20:00 
Venue:King’s College London
Keywords:Public Awareness, Public Concerns, Public Opinion, Statistics
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We helad a major policy debate being run by the Royal Statistical Society, King’s College London and Ipsos MORI.

Understanding statistics helps people make better decisions in their daily lives and improves public is course around government policies and their implications. Equally, misunderstanding of statistics can lead to the wrong conclusions and poor choices.

However, statistical literacy and trust in statistics remain  relatively low for large proportions of the population. What are the implications of this for individuals and policy, and how can we improve public understanding and trust?



John Pullinger - President of the Royal Statistical Society (chair)
Andrew Dilnot CBE - Chair of the UK Statistics Authority
Bobby Duffy - Managing Director, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute and Visiting Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London (Twitter: @BobbyIpsosMORI)
Professor Denise Lievesley - Professor of Social Statistics and Head of the School of Social Science & Public Policy, King’s College London

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Managing Director, Social Research Institute