The tyranny of metrics


In a society where so many organisations measure performance and success numerically, have we become fixated on metrics and blind to the facts? In this podcast, Professor Jerry Muller talks to Dr Raj Persaud about how our zeal to instil the evaluation process with scientific rigor could potentially threaten our quality of life and our most important institutions.


Date published: 30 January 2019

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Jerry Muller

Audio running time: 50 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • how metrics are used to inform the public across institutions such as schools, medicine and government


  • how fixating on measurements could distort and distract from the facts we should be focusing on


  • how this can potentially impact on our quality of life and our most important institutions.


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