The Royal Statistical Society’s Long Term Strategy Group (LTSG) has drafted a report on the Society’s vision and strategy for the next five years.
The draft follows a broad consultation with fellows, staff and other interested parties, as well as an open session at the 2012 RSS conference.
The draft report is now available to view on the RSS website
(go to ‘Strategy & Business Planning’ under the ‘About’ column) and comments from both members and non-members are invited until Friday 26 April 2013
While the draft report is a comprehensive and internally focused document which provides detail on how each of the six strategic objectives could be achieved, there is also a much shorter, public facing strategy document contained in Appendix 1 (on page 29), which summarises the long term vision and six strategic objectives of the Society.
Here, the overall vision is articulated as ‘A world where data are at the heart of understanding and decision-making’.
The six strategic goals for the next five years are summarised as follows:
For statistics to be used effectively in the public interest, so that policy formulation and decision-making are evidence based, for the good of society.
For society to be more statistically literate, so that people’s understanding of data, risk, and probability can inform their daily decision-making, leading to better outcomes.
For a strong body of professional statisticians to maintain and develop the skills they need so that they can critically apply methodology, interpret results and communicate findings.
For statistics as a discipline to thrive, so that methodology is advanced, applied and made accessible, leading to greater understanding of an increasingly complex world.
For an engaged and energised membership and staff to work collaboratively with partner organisations and other stakeholders in meeting these goals, so that the Society can maximise its impact.
For the RSS to be a financially sustainable and well run organisation, with effective governance and use of technology, so that it will grow in relevance, exert influence and have wider impact.
The group requests that the following template
is used to submit comments on the draft so that they can be collated easily. All comments should be submitted by Friday 26 April
. The final recommendations will then be presented to Council in June 2013 and these findings will, in turn, be fed into the activity planning process for 2014 and onwards.
The LTSG convened in 2012 and is chaired by former RSS vice president Andy Garrett. The group is very grateful to everyone who have contributed so far, including sections and local groups, various RSS committees, members, and external stakeholders.