STATS is our collaborative project with the American Statistical Association to improve statistical literacy among journalists, academic journal editors, and researchers.
“The ASA-SAS USA partnership on STATS has set its sights squarely on the target of developing a statistical literate citizenry, and is quite likely the most important development in the American Statistical Association’s long efforts to promote statistical literacy.”
—Ron Wasserstein Ph.D., Executive Director, ASA
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.
Dallas Morning News
Five Thirty Eight
Health News Review
Las Vegas Review Journal
National Press Foundation
National Public Radio
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Worcester Business Journal
Free interactive workshops in statistics tailored to science, health, and general reporting. We’ll come to your newsroom, journalism school or media organization.
Scientifically Speaking (STATS edition)
We also work with statisticians and statistics students to improve the public’s understanding of statistics through better communication.
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.
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.read more
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.read more
One of the oddest study results in recent years, one which you (probably) never heard about until now, must be the randomized control trial on massage therapy in which the participants—all adults—grew by almost two-and-a-half inches over eight weeks.read more
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.
Partners and Resources
Our partners, major statistical organizations, books, articles, and blogs.