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Friday, October 12 2018 - 17:00
The Evidence Initiative: An Initiative to Promote Data-Driven Approaches to Policy
LONDON, Oct. 12, 2018, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

    The Economist and The Pew Charitable Trusts partner to provide facts to the 
public and policymakers 

    Leading thinkers and practitioners in evidence-based decision-making made 
the case for exploring and promoting the use of data and facts for global 
policies yesterday at the launch of the Evidence Initiative, a new project from 
The Economist Group and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

    During remarks at the event, Tim Harford, author of The Undercover 
Economist called for people to be "curious, be open-minded and pick up the 
'statistical telescope' and look through it." Professor Onora O'Neill, said: 
"It is pretty difficult for people to make the judgements they need to make 
these days, we've had 40 years of trying to make institutions more accountable 
but they are now just harder to understand," and Jimmy Wales, co-founder of 
Wikipedia, noted: "What has changed in the public's level of trust has to do 
with evidence. There should be quality sources - useful and reliable sources."

    The Economist Group and The Pew Charitable Trusts created the Evidence 
Initiative to present the case for evidence-based decision-making. In an era of 
growing political polarisation, fractured media, and the accelerated pace of 
technological change, public confidence in the responsiveness, accountability, 
and effectiveness of governments and institutions has been tracked at historic 
lows. It is against this backdrop that the Evidence Initiative seeks to 
highlight the use of sound data by decision-makers and encourage individuals to 
engage with the facts that inform the policy, business and social 
decision-making that shapes our lives. 

    The initiative marks a new partnership for two organisations that have long 
valued and promoted evidence-based policymaking.

    Rebecca Rimel, president and chief executive of The Pew Charitable Trusts, 
said, "For more than 70 years, Pew has been committed to informing the public 
and strengthening democracy by sharing facts. The starting point for any 
discussion-and especially the search for common ground-must be an 
acknowledgement that facts are discernible and reliable. We are pleased to 
partner with the Economist Group to promote the use of evidence-based decision 

    Daniel Franklin, executive and diplomatic editor of The Economist, 
commented: "The Economist Group's ethos is to encourage curiosity. The Evidence 
Initiative is equipping people with the tools to ask questions and make more 
informed decisions. Through the activities of The Evidence Initiative we aim to 
provide organisations and the public with the information to help shape future 

    About The Evidence Initiative 
    The Evidence Initiative, a project of The Economist Group and The Pew 
Charitable Trusts, explores the use of facts and data in decision-making today 
and presents the case for evidence-based policies. As part of the initiative, 
the Economist Intelligence Unit will produce an Evidence Index in early 2019, 
which will assess the availability and quality of evidence in the Group of 20 

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SOURCE: The Evidence Initiative