Building Social and Expert Movements for Evidence and Transparency: Introducing Sense About Science USA and AllTrials

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GovLab Ideas Lunch

Building Social and Expert Movements for Evidence and Transparency: Introducing Sense About Science USA  and AllTrials

Trevor Butterworth and Síle Lane will introduce Sense About Science USA, the just-launched American branch of the British charitable trust, and its programs Ask For Evidence and AllTrials. Both of these programs seek to create social movements for evidence and transparency as well as providing the tools for experts and the public to communicate evidence and transparency.

About Trevor
Trevor Butterworth is the Director of Sense About Science USA. Trevor has written for The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and the New He was a science writer for Newsweek and wrote a weekly column—The Information Society—for the iPad newspaper, The Daily. He is editor of, a joint project between the American Statistical Association and Sense About Science USA to promote statistical literacy in the media and society. He holds a BA (Hons) and M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and attended Georgetown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received an MS and the Sevellon Brown Award for outstanding knowledge of the history of the American press. He is a visiting fellow at Cornell University. Trevor tweets @butterworthy.

About Síle
Síle Lane oversees Sense About Science’s campaigns and responsive work. The campaigns include the libel reform campaign which led to the Defamation Act 2013, the Ask for Evidence campaign which encourages everyone to ask for evidence for every claim they see and the AllTrials campaign for clinical trial transparency. Síle organised the Big Libel Gig at the Palace Theatre in 2010, appears regularly in the media in the Guardian and on the Today programme, chairs debates with leading scientists and commentators, gives evidence to parliament and spends a lot of time helping researchers, regulators, policy makers, companies and NGOs to talk about science and evidence openly, humanly and without stigma and intimidation. Síle joined Sense About Science as Public Liaison in February 2009 to work with patient groups, civic society organisations and medical research charities to promote the tools of scientific thinking and challenge misleading claims. Before this she was a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College London working on stem cells and regenerative medicine.

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