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.
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
In 2011, researchers announced that PACE, the largest treatment trial in the history of chronic fatigue syndrome, had been a great success. That seemed like great news since there is no known cure for this devastating disease that affects over a million people in the United States alone. Now, it looks like one the biggest disasters in medicine.read more
Study design is now one of the most pressing issues in scientific integrity. It is not just that the problems with PACE could have been—and should have been—seen beforehand; it is that poor study design appears to be a major factor behind the much larger reproducibility and replication crisis in science.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.