Sense About Science USA’s Rebecca Goldin is profiled in Quanta Magazine; click on the image to go to the article.

Data science, mathematics, statistics, quantitative reasoning: these are the building blocks of evidence in a world increasingly defined by data and numbers.

What they mean, how they are put together, how they relate to science and society, how they should be interpreted, and communicated—Sense About Science USA’s mission is to help journalists, policy makers, and the public answer these questions.

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Between STATScheck—our free statistical assistance service for journalists, and our interactive statistics workshops—we have engaged in an unprecedented attempt to translate the importance of statistics to the media.

The feedback from leading journalists and journalism educators has been “give us more.”

All of this progress has been made possible by our collaborative partnership with the American Statistical Association, and the enthusiastic, unstinting contributions of their members.


Aviva Hope Rutkin, Big Data and Applied Mathematics Editor of The Conversation U.S., speaking at our panel at the Symposium on Statistical Inference on how data is transforming journalism (click here for more about our panel).
Thirty-four journalists and science writers turned up for our interactive STATS workshop on August 11, 2016. It was led by Regina Nuzzo, Gallaudet University statistician and STATS advisory board member, (click here for more about our workshops).
Scientifically Speaking communications workshop with ASA members
We worked with the Annals of Internal Medicine and Accurat to develop a new way of explaining the importance of missing data to clinical researchers.

Statistical rigor is essential to scientific integrity and trust in science. This is why our work also involves helping statisticians communicate statistics.

We do this in two ways: by running communications workshops for statisticians through the American Statistical Association and by bringing statisticians and designers together to reimagine how key concepts can be explained.