Spin off: how some of the UK's top research organisations are supporting factchecking
Inaccurate claims arent necessarily down to malicious intent. Often, they come about because people dont understand the evidence or theyre in a hurry. But whatever the reason, inaccurate information does have a negative effect.
So, in 2013 we decided that we wanted to focus on getting the best information out into the public realm, with an eye on making an impact at the 2015 election.
For two years now weve been building links with some of the best research organisations in the country. Thanks to that preparation, experts in statistics, research, immigration, health, education and crime will be stepping up to share their knowledge with us and you during the campaign. Imagine an election where the experts are actually heard for once!
The organisations were working with are: The Health Foundation, The Institute for Criminal Policy Research, The National Foundation for Educational Research, The Migration Observatory and NatCen Social Research.
Between us, were producing peer-reviewed briefings on key topics like:
- Is immigration good for the economy?
- Is crime falling?
- A&E pressures
- How good are academies?
- The Human Rights Act
- Debt and deficit
Just because theyre experts doesnt mean they will have all the answers or even necessarily agree with each other. Its our job to make clear what we dont know as well as what we do. Were united by a shared feeling that experts and facts dont get enough of a look in — and that the upcoming election is the perfect opportunity to change that.
To get involved or find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org.