Over-interpretation – how to discredit your consultation

The danger of pushing your data further than it should go …

This is the effect of having the brilliant Ben Goldacre highlight poor data interpretation at our Conference – and having a General Election the following day. We have all spent the weekend listening to academics, politicians, journalists and commentators all trying to explain what happened. It has been like a well-rehearsed case study in the over-interpretation of data.

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Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” – still the only major book on public consultation, and has delivered over 300 training courses and Masterclasses. He is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 300 different Topic papers and over 20 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 12,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and the NHS.

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