Advancing data and statistical literacy for democratic citizenship and scientific progress

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Services

STATS check

We worked with the American Statistical Association to create a volunteer network of statisticians to help journalists ‘fact check’ claims around data and figure out how to use data in their stories. We’ve helped hundreds of journalists from news organizations across the U.S. Simply fill out an online form. It’s free!

STATS workshops

We’ve taken our unique statistics workshops to newsrooms, journalism schools, and even Capitol Hill. We explain the statistical concepts behind research, policy, and the stories making the news in a way that helps journalists and policy makers ask the right questions to get the right answers. Free. 

STATS curriculum

We get lots of calls from reporters wanting to understand and use data to tell better education stories, so we thought it would be helpful to create a A Reporter’s Guide to Education Data. We think it might be useful for parents too!

Guides

A reporter's guide to education data

We get lots of calls from reporters wanting to understand and use data to tell better education stories, so we thought it would be helpful to create a guide to education data. We think it might be useful for parents too!

A clinician's guide to missing data

We get lots of calls from reporters wanting to understand and use data to tell better education stories, so we thought it would be helpful to create a Reporter’s Guide to Education Data. We think it might be useful for parents too!

A media guide for scientists

We get lots of calls from reporters wanting to understand and use data to tell better education stories, so we thought it would be helpful to create a Reporter’s Guide to Education Data. We think it might be useful for parents too!

Stories

STATS for U.S.

An ongoing project to explain the value of government statistics, how they can be used, what we risk by not collecting data, and what we can gain by designing data for democracy.

Articles on data and statistics

We get lots of calls from reporters wanting to understand and use data to tell better education stories, so we thought it would be helpful to create a Reporter’s Guide to Education Data. We think it might be useful for parents too!

If you read just one thing…

In the news

Give kids data!

A group of researchers went into schools armed with datasets. Within a matter of hours, the students—aged 13-15 and with no prior training in statistics—were interpreting data of the complexity normally associated with college programs. The key? Tools that enabled them to visualize the data.

Image: Quanta Magazine

Sense About Science USA’s Rebecca Goldin and the Center for Open Science’s Brian Nosek are interviewed by the Joy of X’s  Steven Strogatz about what it’s like to be the bearers of unpopular truths. Click on the image or here.