Are you a journalist? Our volunteer advisory board of academics from across the U.S.
are here to help you make sense of statistics and numbers. We’ll do our best to help you make your deadline.

Since launching in April 2015, our volunteer advisory board  has helped journalists at these news organizations and other media.

Business Insider
Dallas Morning News
Five Thirty Eight
Gatehouse Media
Health News Review
Huffington Post
L.A. Times
Las Vegas Review Journal
Medpage Today
National Geographic
National Press Foundation

National Public Radio
New York Times
News Tribune
PBS NewsHour
Press Democrat
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Worcester Business Journal

stats-barSTATS Workshops

Free interactive workshops in statistics tailored to science, health, and general reporting. We’ll come to your newsroom, journalism school or media organization.


STATS workshop at the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT with Rebecca Goldin, Director of STATS and Professor of Mathematics, George Mason University, and Regina Nuzzo, Professor, Gallaudet University


STATS workshop at Springer Nature/Scientific American with Rebecca Goldin,
Director of STATS and Professor of Mathematics, George Mason University

STATS workshop at Springer Nature with Tian Zheng,
Associate Professor of Statistics, Columbia University

STATScamp at the Grady College of Journalism, University of Georgia, with George Mason University’s Rebecca Goldin and Patrick McKnight

STATS workshop for American Geophysical Union and DC Science Writers Association with Gallaudet University statistician Regina Nuzzo

STATS workshop at STAT News with Rebecca Goldin,
Director of STATS and Professor of Mathematics, George Mason University

stats-barScientifically Speaking (STATS edition)

We also work with statisticians and statistics students to improve the public’s understanding of statistics through better communication.


Scientifically Speaking communications workshop with ASA members


We co-sponsored a hackathon with Columbia University’s Statistics Club


David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk
at Cambridge University talks about STATS at AAAS 2016

stats-barSTATS Forum

A venue for statisticians and mathematicians to critically evaluate study design and statistical methods in research. The subjects (products, procedures, treatments, etc.) of the studies being evaluated are neither endorsed nor rejected by Sense About Science USA. We encourage readers to use these articles as a starting point to discuss better study design and statistical analysis. While we strive for factual accuracy in these posts, they should be considered academic rather than journalistic writing.

What do we mean by “reproducibility”?

Amid a growing concern about research reliability, funders have called for a greater effort to make research reproducible. The call is admirable, but the discussion is often confusing, since “reproducibility,” “replication,” and related terms are used in many different ways across, and even within, scientific disciplines. So, what do we mean when we say “reproducibility”?

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Suspicious supervisors and suspect surveys

Public opinion polls are ubiquitous in rich countries, especially during elections. The classical ideal for building polling samples is that they should be random, and are likely to resemble microcosms of the general population up to a margin of error. In practice, real samples deviate considerably from this random ideal. But even real surveys have patterns, and when these patterns are violated, we might suspect fraud.

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The Sun is Out: Risk of Skin Cancer in different groups

A common refrain about skin cancer is that it affects one in five Americans in their lifetime. Yet not all skin cancer is the same, and its impact varies tremendously according to its type. Teasing out the risks from sunburn is a daunting task; our aim here has been to present the overall population-based risk and then focus in on what an individual’s risk might be depending on who that individual is.

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David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge talks about what makes statisticians miserable and why it’s important for society.

Sense About Science Executive Director Trevor Butterworth talks about the importance of statistical literacy for journalists on Montreal’s The Body of Evidence.

Reddit AMA with STATS Director Rebecca Goldin. Click here.

stats-barPartners and Resources

Our partners, major  statistical organizations, books, articles, and blogs.