At its June meeting, the RSS Council approved the final recommendations of the Long Term Strategy Group, which provides a route map for the future work of the Society in the period 2014-2018.
The paper, which is downloadable from this page, is the result of a consultation process that began in April 2012 that included input from individuals, committees and other stakeholders. In March 2013 the Society invited comments from fellows on a draft document, and the feedback from that has now been incorporated into the final recommendations to Council.
The 2014-2018 Strategic Plan is now a public document which outlines six strategic goals that will provide the direction for the next five years. The strapline ‘Data, Evidence, Decisions’ will be adopted to augment the RSS logo to explain to the wider world the context within which the Society operates, using words that are readily understood. An outward facing document will be developed by the Society in due course to communicate the strategy more widely. This strapline directly links to a vision statement: ‘Where data are at the heart of understanding and decision making.’
The document summarises six strategic goals, where the Society works to support statistics, statisticians and society. It includes four core goals (1-4 below) which relate directly to the Charter and two (5 and 6) that support the achievement of these core goals.
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 would like to thank everyone involved in the process and who provided feedback, including sections and local groups, various RSS committees, individual members, and external stakeholders.
Download the document by clicking here
(links directly to Word document).