Visible stats in West Sussex

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Three cheers for the elected members of West Sussex County Council - they have signed up for International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013) on the grounds that statistics cannot any longer remain the ‘invisible science’.
Louise Goldsmith, leader of the county council, says ‘statistics are essential for planning future council services, such as creating school places and other important infrastructure decisions.
‘They allow us to assess and monitor our projects and services, adding value and enabling us improve outcomes for our residents.
‘By joining Statistics2013, we will be part of a year-long, global awareness campaign and demonstrating that it is much more than just numbers.’
The Tory-controlled council joins 1,400 organisations in 111 countries in highlighting the contributions statistics make to finding solutions to global challenges. The campaign aims to increase understanding of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society, as well as nurturing statistics as a professional activity.

Evidence-informed policy at heart of 'What Works' centres

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Evidence, data and numbers must be built into the DNA of Whitehall, it was asserted at this week’s launch of a new government initiative to improve the use of experiments and trials in public policy.
Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office minister said that “Government must become more rational”, hence the new ‘What Works’ centres which will draw on research to test whether policies on crime, local economic growth, ageing, health and schools are valid.

Former RSS president appointed to UKSA board

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Former RSS president, Professor David Hand, is to take up the post of non-executive director at the UK Statistics Authority for three years, from 1 April 2013.

David was President of the Royal Statistical Society for two terms, 2008-09 and 2010. He is still very active in the Society, being current chair of the Society’s National Statistics Advisory Group as well as director of the Society’s National Statistics theme. He won the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Silver in 2002 and was awarded the OBE for services to Research and Innovation in the New Year Honours in 2013.

Announcing the new chair for RSS getstats campaign

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We are extremely pleased to announce that the new Chair of the getstats Campaign Board is Robert Chote, Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).
Looking forward to his new role, Robert said “The campaign is a great initiative. Improving public understanding of numbers, quantitative data and statistics is a huge challenge – for schools and colleges, journalists and bloggers, parliamentarians and commentators and civil servants and business people too. The campaign has made a great start”.

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