How do you make the world better place? There is no lack of prescriptions, but one of the surer bets, even if less likely to first spring to mind, is through good statistics widely analyzed. “Solid data,” says Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, “are an indispensable basis for informed policy formulation and for monitoring the post-2015 development agenda at the national, regional and international levels.”
Moon’s message came in support of World Statistics Day, a one-every-five-years celebration that returns this Tuesday, October 20. Themed “Better data, Better lives,” the 2015 edition follows a successful 2010 debut for World Statistics Day.
Events around the world, from a symposium on biostatistics at the Swami Rama Himalayan University to a conference at Monegasque Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies in Monaco to educational meetings with British parliamentarians held by the Royal Statistical Society. All told, scores of counties, from Anguilla to Viet Nam, and numerous regional and scholarly organizations will mark the day with homegrown efforts. The UN itself will launch a report, The World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics, at 10:30 EST.
To track the activity, or to contribute to it, use the Twitter hashtag #StatsDay15 or check in at @UNStats.
In celebration of World Statistics Day, SAGE is offering free access for the next 30 days to tips for teaching and using statistics drawn from our large library of academic journals.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment
““Measuring University Students’ Approaches to Learning Statistics: An Invariance Study”
Perspectives on Psychological Science
“Statistics Anxiety Update: Refining the Construct and Recommendations for a New Research Agenda”
Psychology Learning & Teaching
“Dear Fresher …” – How Online Questionnaires can Improve Learning and Teaching Statistics”
South African Journal of Psychology
“A quasi-experimental comparison of spreadsheet- and classroom-based statistics tutorials”
Journal of Educational Computing Research
“Instruction of Statistics via Computer-Based Tools: Effects on Statistics’ Anxiety, Attitude, and Achievement”
Big Data & Society
“Official statistics and Big Data”
Scottish Medical Journal
“Views of medical students: what, when and how do they want statistics taught?”
Bulletin of Sociological Methodology
“The History of Statistics as a Genre: Styles of Writing and Social Uses”