Insights from Western European Mothers
The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted
An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)
In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more
An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century
This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more
Insights from three generations of mothers
The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more
Naming and Praising Update
'Named and Praised': Tim Radford. A SIRC 'Naming and Praising' award for responsible reporting of health issues goes to Tim Radford, Science Editor of the Guardian, for his report on gene therapy for heart patients, in which he manages to get all of the relevant caveats into the first two sentences.
Radford's first paragraph is a shining example of how to report medical advances without raising false hopes: note his judicious use of qualifiers such as 'claim', 'small group', 'if', 'could' and 'in many cases'. Guardian.