During the Covid-19 pandemic, unprecedented numbers of people engaged with evidence behind government policy. Many had to interpret and implement government decisions while making trade-offs with other priorities, like protecting children, cancer care provision or running businesses.
Based on testimony from expert witnesses and the experiences of people from a broad range of sectors across the UK, Sense About Science’s What Counts? inquiry is a major new study looking at what society needed to know and how well the UK government was able to respond.
The report’s findings, including a NatCen survey of how the public engaged with government evidence, will be presented Tracey Brown, Director of Sense about Science, followed by remarks from Greg Clark MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, and a panel discussion.
The event will be chaired by Tom Sasse, Associate Director at the Institute for Government.
Following the launch, the report What Counts? A scoping inquiry into how well the government’s evidence for Covid-19 decisions served society will be available for download on the Sense About Science website.