We live in a world where regulatory institutions are captured by financial and political interests, either unwilling or unable to get to the truth of the issues they set out to investigate and regulate on behalf of the individuals in society. Without unbiased and comprehensive research, there is a risk of misguided policy decisions at best, and at worst, negligence and malpractice. Never has this been more apparent than during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this context, we need independent agents to act as gatekeepers of the public interest. We intend to be such agents, and to provide high-quality research to other individuals and institutions who seek similar outcomes.
We believe in
Empowering individuals with the tools for decision-making, when the regulatory institutions set up to protect them can no longer be trusted with the important decisions that affect their lives.
Asking the tough questions. Undertaking research with an open mind and unhindered by political and economic pressure.
Speaking the truth, even though many times this will mean saying, “We don’t know”.
We work by
Applying the principles of scientific rigour. This means that we: Ask questions, collect and analyse data, use this feedback to ask new questions, and refine our answers accordingly as we approach a greater understanding of the truth. We also identify and openly acknowledge possible biases in our work so that these can be challenged and addressed by others working in the same field of enquiry.
Identify conflicts of interest (emotional and financial) and try to mitigate for these. Sometimes this will mean acknowledging that we are not the best people to do a particular piece of research.
Analysis of excess mortality. Follow the link for viewing the different sections of the project which include: the methodology papers and the analysis of excess deaths for European countries, UK and the US.