With statistics and charts having become a constant feature of our television viewing and everyday conversations, communicating risk, statistics and uncertainty has perhaps never been more relevant – or important – across the world. It also comes with many challenges. This is something that Jennifer Rogers – serving as ITV’s resident COVID-19 statistician – and Timandra Harkness – who has written prolifically about data and statistics - know all too well.
This session explores how data and statistics are communicated in the media – with examples illustrating the good, the bad and the ugly. The session also highlights important considerations when communicating uncertainty, both about COVID-19 and more generally.
This session was recorded during the 'Virtually Cochrane' conference, hosted by Cochrane UK and Cochrane Ireland, 20-22nd April 2021.
Vice President for Statistical Research and Consultancy, PHASTAR
Writer, presenter and comedian