According to the headlines, we’re in the middle of a ‘data revolution: large, detailed datasets and complex algorithms allow us to make predictions on anything from who will win the league to who is likely to commit a crime. Our ability to question the quality of evidence - as the public, journalists, politicians or decision makers - needs to be expanded to meet this.
To know the questions to ask and how to press for clarity about the strengths and weaknesses of using analysis from data models to make decisions. This is a guide to having more of those conversations, regardless of how much you don’t know about data science.
This guide was produced by Sense about Science in collaboration with Elsevier and the International Network of Government Science Advice. Published October 2019.
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