Presenting facts and figures

How can we present facts and figures accurately, and ensure that our audience takes away the message that we want to convey?


Most people don't know what a percentage is

Make sure you understand the numeracy skills of your audience

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Using infographics

Infographics are effective at communicating a lot of information quickly

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Using graphs

Graphs are difficult for many people to understand.

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Useful Websites


More or Less

Tim Harford explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life

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Our world in data

Our World In Data

Research and data to make progress against the world's largest problems

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Tufte Books

Edward Tufte (The Galileo of Graphics)

Edward Tufte is a statistician and artist, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University

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Understanding uncertainty

The site that tries to make sense of chance, risk, luck, uncertainty and probability.

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Communicating uncertainty and change

Guidance for official statistics producers

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Calling bullshit

Calling Bullsh*t: The art of scepticism in a data-driven world

Data Reasoning in a Digital World

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Best data vizualisation resources

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Tim Harford

The Undercover Economist

Tim Harford explains the economic ideas around us every day

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Michele Belot

The Trouble with Fake News

Michele Belot, Professor of Economics at the European University Institute, argues that the problem posed by ‘fake news’ lies not in fake facts, which can be easily checked, but in the misleading interpretation of those facts.

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