The Royal Statistical Society has just published its 2018 Annual Review, which provides a great overview of the work the Society has been doing this year.
The six-page report is introduced by our current president, David Spiegelhalter. He writes: ‘A huge amount has been achieved in relation to influencing public debate, championing statistics education and supporting the profession. My particular enthusiasm is for public engagement – I feel that statisticians, with their characteristics of balance and integrity, deserve a far stronger voice in modern debates. So it’s heartening to see the amount of positive coverage the Society is receiving in the media.’
David goes on to express his appreciation for the work of the Society’s members and our partner organistions, saying: ‘I feel the statistics community is very fortunate to have such a strong “ecology” of like-minded organisations whose only agenda is that the public and policy-makers should have access to balanced and accurate evidence. Constant work is needed to support “factfulness”, in Hans Rosling’s phrase, in the face of misinformation.’
The rest of the document explains what we have been doing to further the Society's six core goals which include: using statistics for the public good, improving statistical literacy, promoting the profession of statistics, furthering the discipline of statistics, developing our membership and being a well-run organisation.