In 2012, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) launched the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI). The original aim was to create a dedicated scheme that would deliver high quality and high impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies.
The development of the UK’s quantitative skills has been widely recognised as a priority for education in the coming years. With the release of their new joint report, the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) shared their new findings and made recommendations to address aspects of this agenda.
A perennial gripe for statisticians is the bad reporting and use of statistics in the media. To remedy this, the RSS runs training courses for the media along with our annual Awards for Statistical Excellence in Journalism. In an effort to keep developing the relationship between statisticians and journalists, this event sought to discuss how communication between both camps can be improved.
The 2015 general election was highly anticipated to become the UK's first truly data rich campaign. To examine whether this expectation materialised, the RSS, the Political Studies Association and the British Academy jointly organised this event to discuss how data played a part in the election after the dust from polling day had settled.
Last Friday the British Polling Council and Market Research Society inquiry into the polls at the 2015 started rolling. The inquiry team had their first formal meeting in the morning and in the afternoon there was a public meeting, hosted at the RSS and addressed by representatives of most of the main polling companies. It wasn’t a meeting intended to produce answers yet – it was all still very much work in progress, and the inquiry itself isn’t due to report until next March.