STATS check

Our volunteer statisticians across the U.S. have helped hundreds of journalists ‘fact check’ claims about data and statistics on deadline.

Just fill out the form below. It’s free.

“I live in fear of being taken in by poor-quality research, and STATS is invaluable to me.”
Tamar Haspel, Washington Post columnist/contributor National Geographic
“We can be better reporters if we understand how the best statisticians—the best figurers—figure.”
Victor Cohn, News & Numbers (1989)
Want to know how to make sense of the data behind a new study?

Use data to tell a story?

Make sure you’ve analyzed the data in your story correctly?

No question is too small—none too big. Our volunteer advisors have spent months helping journalists report out complex stories. Just drop us a line explaining what you’re looking for; give us a reasonable deadline; and we’ll respond—usually by the end of the day.

Our request policy

As a public service, we receive many requests and sometimes they pertain to the same data set, recent study, or similar. Be certain that we will respond promptly to each request that comes in, regardless of whether another journalist has made the same, or a similar request.

Communications between the requester and advisory board member(s) will not be shared in any public or private form, unless the requester gives permission. But you should be aware that the advisory board may share the object of research/inquiry (study/report analysis/other) with more than one requester. Advisory board members are also available to serve as expert sources for media interviews.

Please—please!—note

This service is to help journalists and writers analyze data and statistics; it does not provide answers to questions like “how many people were struck by lightning in Florida last year?”

We also can’t help you with your homework—sorry! 

 

Statistical Advisory Board Members

Director: Rebecca Goldin, Professor of Mathematics, George Mason University.

Karla Ballman Ph.D, Division Chief of Biostatistics, Weill Cornell Medicine
Andrew Bray Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Reed College
Andrea Foulkes Sc.D, Professor, Mount Holyoke College
Giles Hooker Ph.D,  Associate Professor, Cornell University
Peter Imrey Ph.D, Professor, Cleveland Clinic
Jenna Krall Ph.D, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Michael Lavine Ph.D, Professor, UMass Amherst
Patrick McKnight Ph.D, Associate Professor, George Mason University
Regina Nuzzo Ph.D,  Professor, Gallaudet University
Kristin Sainani Ph.D, Associate Professor, Stanford University
Tian Zheng Ph.D, Professor, Columbia University

We take the issue of conflicts of interest very seriously:  Each member of the STATS advisory committee has signed a conflict of interest statement.

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Associated Press
Arizona Daily Star
Ballotpedia
Bay Area News
Bloomberg news
BMJ
Business Insider
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Clarion Ledger (Mississippi)
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Conversation
CQ Press
Dallas News
ESPN
Financial Times
Forbes
Fortune
Fusion
Get Science
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Hartford Courant
Health News Review
Hechinger Report
High Country News
Huffington Post
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Hartford Courant
KFOR (NBC affiliate, Oklahoma)
KOMO TV (ABC affiliate, Seattle)
LA Magazine
Lifehacker
Los Angeles Times
Los Vegas Review Journal
The Manila Times
Medpage Today
Mental Floss
Miami Herald
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
National Geographic
Nature News
Nerd Wallet
Newsweek
New York Times
NPR
The Oregonian
PBS/WGBH
Pittsburg Tribune Review
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
ProPublica
Quanta Magazine
Quartz
Retraction Watch
Reuters
Scientific American
Science Friday
Seattle Times
Self Magazine
Significance
STAT News
USA Today
VICE
The Villages Daily
Vox News
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
WebMD
WLRN News (Miami)
Worcester Business Journal
WUSA 9 (Washington DC)
York Daily Record
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