A project to promote risk literacy
Can I trust my banking advisor to recommend products that suit me? Can participation in cancer screening programs prolong my life? The answers to these questions can - and will - vary from person to person. However, statistics can provide orientation for individuals. The aim of the RisikoAtlas project is to develop methods and tools to empower consumers in dealing with decisions under risk and uncertainty. To this end, the tools developed in the project will promote the necessary competencies. This is necessary because everyday risks and chances are often not correctly assessed and statistical representations in the media are rarely understood.
In order to support consumers in their decisions, digital tools based on scientific results were developed at the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development: Interactive visualisations of evidence-based risk communication and learning visualisations to improve risk literacy, as well as an app for decision support and a browser extension for risk reading assistance. The development of these tools was accompanied by a comprehensive research program.
If your organisation wants to inform and empower consumers, we provide you with tools that you can integrate into your consumer communication. For each tool, you can find detailed instructions on how to do this. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us.
The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag. The project was funded by the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) as part of the programme to promote innovation.
The project began in July 2016. The research activities report was released on September 30, 2020, and the publishing of results is ongoing.