Pioneering the better use of data, evidence and digital tools in healthcare and policy
With a strong multi-disciplinary focus, the Bennett Institute will bring together a diverse group of people from a range of disciplines to examine key health and social problems.
Applying new technologies to data sets and the latest scientific evidence, the Institute will enable evidence-based evaluations and assessments of policy with the aim of achieving better outcomes.
The Bennett Institute has been made possible due to a generous donation from The Peter Bennett Foundation.
Based within Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Institute will enhance and expand the work that has been undertaken to date by the DataLab, led by Dr Ben Goldacre.
More than ever before, we now have access to vast amounts of data. We have a responsibility to use, analyse, develop and apply this data in an ethical way to promote change for good – with an emphasis on targeting the right kind of growth and achieving levelling up in society.
The founding of the Bennett Institute will allow for more collaboration and flexibility, to respond quickly to global health emergencies and policy challenges alike. It's particularly exciting to continue our work on data outside of medicine, across the broader policy space.
Ben Goldacre, The DataLab
The experience of the pandemic has demonstrated the centrality of both data and evidence, not only in shaping sound government policies, but also in improving public health outcomes. Ben Goldacre and his team have shown just how important universities have been in contributing to the nation’s health and well-being.
Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor