Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
Ask for Evidence
We hear daily claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, treat disease or improve agriculture. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not.
How can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them or buy their products, then we should Ask for Evidence.
Examples of evidence hunting
See what happened when Lydia asked Boris Johnson about the claims he made on fuelling London's buses with used cooking oil. Read more...
|When Lewis Dean asked for the evidence behind claims for an aromatherapy course, the claims were removed. Read more...|
How to do it
Anyone can Ask for Evidence – you don’t need to be a scientist or specialist. We’ll help you along the way and provide expertise if you get stuck. Depending on who’s making a claim, the way you approach them may need to be different. And don’t forget to let us know how you get on. See who else is supporting the campaign.
Help us expand Ask for Evidence
We want to expand and raise awareness of Ask for Evidence so that over the next five years we can achieve a culture shift in the public expectations of evidence. We need to improve our resources and support, build partnerships and carry out a major nationwide publicity campaign.
If you’re interested in donating to or becoming a partner of Ask for Evidence, or would like to know more about our plans for the next five years, please get in touch with our development team.
We can come and tell you about the Ask for Evidence campaign, what we have planned for the next five years and how you can get involved. Could we give a talk at your journal club, post-doctorate discussion group or departmental dinner?
We can also come and talk to your organisation about what it means to receive an Ask for Evidence request, how to respond and take the opportunity to show you're evidence-based.
Get in touch about this and other ways to get involved in the campaign.