How to get involved in World Statistics Day 2015

The RSS is planning a number of activities to commemorate World Statistics Day (WSD) — which is coming up on 20 October 2015 – and is encouraging members to get involved by running their own events.

The RSS will be marking WSD with a number of activities planned around the theme of building capacity in official statistics, both in the UK and overseas.

Originally conceived by the United Nations General Assembly, WSD was first held on October 20 2010 to recognise the importance of statistics in shaping society. It was observed in more than 130 countries.

This year will see the second WSD (it’s held every five years) being held under the strapline of ‘Better data – better lives’. It ties in with UN’s new data revolution for sustainable development initiative and the launch of its post-2015 development agenda.

The Society’s International Development Working Group (IDWG) is currently drafting a statement on capacity building which it will be asking other organisations will also sign up to. The Society will also be doing some press work around the statement.

The October edition of Significance magazine will focus on WSD, with a number of articles about stats around the world. Furthermore, the RSS is helping to judge a statistics competition which will announce its winners on 20 October.

WSD is also the day when the RSS is holding statistical training for MPs in the Houses of Parliament, as part of its Parliament Counts campaign.

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