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.
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.
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.
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!
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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