‘Why should we trust you? Thinking through the role of evidence in making difficult decisions’

Speakers Fiona Haines and Andrew Day in conversation with Juliet Rogers

‘Why should we trust you? Thinking through the role of evidence in making difficult decisions’
In an era of fake news, alternative facts, and opinion being conflated with expertise in the interests of
maintaining ‘balance’, the need for evidence has never been more important. Despite this urgency, it
is often challenged, contested, and – when competing political demands intervene – used selectively
or ignored altogether. How did we get into the position where evidence has lost the capacity to help
deal with society’s intractable problems? And what are some of the ways out of this dilemma?

In this conversation, two prominent criminologists will unpack: what constitutes evidence with
‘integrity’, its various dependencies, and where its legitimacy comes from. With backgrounds
studying corporate and white-collar crime and forensic psychology, they will draw on recent research
to explore what these considerations mean for decision-making both within, and beyond, their
particular domains of expertise.