Modelling and forecasting played a prominent role in the way policies were designed and decisions were made during the coronavirus pandemic. But the government’s handling of the crisis raised questions about how modelling – epidemiological and economic – was used by ministers.
So how should models be produced and used within government? How should they be communicated to the public? And how well equipped are ministers and officials to understand and interpret modelling when making their decisions?.
This panel will explore the role of modelling in the Covid pandemic, the lessons that ministers should learn, and how the UK should draw on modelling in future crises.
- Professor Neil Ferguson, MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London
- Richard Hughes, Chair of the Office of Budgetary Responsibility
- Further speakers to be confirmed
The event will be chaired by Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government.