Public views on science and health
Wellcome collects public views on topics such as science, health and medical research through our Monitor surveys: the Global Monitor which will engage with more than 140,000 people from around the world in 2018, and the UK Monitor which surveys over a thousand people across the UK every three years.
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Why we run the Monitor surveys
We believe that we will be more successful in our mission if people around the world are empowered to understand, engage with and use science. The survey results inform what we do in policy, education and public engagement. We make questionnaires, datasets and reports from the surveys available for anyone to use.
Wellcome Global Monitor
This global study is designed to understand how people around the world think and feel about science and key health challenges.
The 30-question survey will run throughout 2018 as part of the Gallup World Poll. The process for developing the questionnaire (which is described in the Wellcome Global Monitor Questionnaire Development Report [PDF 939KB]) involved:
- a literature review
- expert interviews
- testing the questionnaire in seven countries – India, Thailand, Vietnam, Nigeria, South Africa and Colombia
- final piloting of the survey in China, Colombia, Egypt, France, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.
People from 140 countries will take part in the survey, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Denmark, Liberia, Rwanda, Guatemala, Iceland, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, UAE and the USA. The full questionnaire will be available when we publish our findings in spring 2019.
Wellcome UK Monitor
Every three years we survey over a thousand people across the UK. Since 2009, we have measured trends in public attitudes towards science, including:
- how interested people are in science and medical research
- what the public know about science and medical research.
We also ask about specific topics like:
- antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
- how we decide what to eat and drink
- willingness to share personal medical information for research.
Wave 3 (2015)
- Wellcome Trust Monitor: Wave 3 summary report [PDF 442KB]
- Wellcome Trust Monitor: Wave 3 full report [PDF 1.8MB]
- Looking for medical research information [PDF 72KB]
- Public trust in medical research [PDF 64KB]
- Value of science in everyday life [PDF 102KB]
- Understanding antibiotic resistance [PDF 640KB]
- What’s important to us when deciding what to eat and drink [PDF 74KB]
- Engagement with medical research [PDF 81KB]
- Cultural and informal science experiences [PDF 73KB]
Wave 2 (2012)
- Wellcome Trust Monitor: Wave 2 [PDF 5.1MB]
- Results for each question broken down by demographic [XLS 2.6MB]
Wave 1 (2009)
Several publications have used data from the first two waves, including:
- Religious beliefs, knowledge about science and attitudes towards medical genetics (2013)
- Exploring young people's views on science education [PDF 713KB]
- Exploring public discourses about emerging technologies through statistical clustering of open-ended survey questions (2013)
- Understanding support for complementary and alternative medicine in general populations: use and perceived efficacy (2013)
- Incommensurable worldviews? Is public use of complementary and alternative medicines incompatible with support for science and conventional medicine? (2013)