The politics of data and evidence: a Q&A with the Green Party

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The general election campaign is now well underway and the RSS has been busy campaigning for politicians to recognise the importance of using data and statistics to improve policy making, democracy and prosperity.

We have been asking voters to lobby their local candidates to attend our statistical literacy events for MPs after the election. But before May 7, we also wanted to ask the political parties about their views on the value of statistics and the importance of evidence based policy making.

The politics of data and evidence: a Q&A with Julian Huppert MP for the Lib Dems

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The general election campaign is now well underway and the RSS has been busy campaigning for politicians to recognise the importance of using data and statistics to improve policy making, democracy and prosperity.

We have been asking voters to lobby their local candidates to attend our statistical literacy events for MPs after the election. But before May 7, we also wanted to ask the political parties about their views on the value of statistics and the importance of evidence based policy making.

Event report - RSS getstats in parliament: political polling

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The Royal Statistical Society, together with the All Party Group on Statistics, held a lunchtime discussion on political opinion polling on 25 February 2015 at a packed event in Parliament.

The meeting, held less than three months before the 2015 general election, attracted a room full of MPs, peers and parliamentary staff. The expert speakers were John Curtice, Will Jennings and Chris Hanretty. The meeting was chaired by the All Party Group chair Lord Lipsey.

Statistics and the law: a recent history of an uneasy relationship

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When statistics are abused in politics or the media, the rebuke that follows can inflict a dose of embarrassment on the abuser. But a far more disturbing and personally destructive backdrop for the misuse of statistics is in the courtroom. In this setting, the power of statistics can provide the vital link in evidence needed for justice, or the distortion that sets a prosecution down the path to injustice.

Understanding the customer through their data: an interview with Clive Humby

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You may not have heard of Clive Humby, but he could well have been responsible for a change in your purchasing habits. In the early 1990s, Clive and his wife Edwina Dunn, began working with Tesco to make sense of the deluge of data produced by their new loyalty card. Tesco's innovation, the Clubcard, went on to transform the way supermarkets analysed their customer’s behaviour.

Event report - Poverty and deprivation: statistics for action

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The RSS recently hosted the annual Statistics User Conference - looking at the collection, analysis and wider use of poverty statistics in the UK. This unique collection of academics, charities and statisticians gave an insight into the strengths of the long standing poverty and deprivation data in the UK, but also its limitations and its future challenges. The event was jointly sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Resolution Foundation.

Journal Club webinars now part of RSS Webinar Series

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As part of a move to make cutting-edge research in statistical theory and methodology more accessible to all of its members, the RSS is rolling out a webinar series to incorporate its Journal webinars as well as Professional Statisticians' Forum online meetings. Andy Garrett, who sits on the newly-formed Journal Webinar Advisory Group, explains the rationale behind the Journal webinar series and its plans going forward.

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