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Added on 29 April 2020

Statistics as a Human Right - John Pullinger, March 20 2020

https://statsandstories.net/methods/statistics-are-a-human-right

This conversation with John Pullinger, President of IAOS comes out in the Stats+Stories podcast series from the University of Miami. It focuses on the respective roles of journalism and official statisticians in the working of democracy.

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Added on 20 December 2018

Journal of Official Statistics Volume 34, Issue 4:

Second Special Issue on New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics

Contents

Preface – Introduction to Special Issue:

Martin Karlberg, Silvia Biffignandi, Piet J.H. Daas, Loredana Di Consiglio, Anders Holmberg, Risto Lehtonen, Ralf T. Münnich, Boro Nikic, Marianne Paasi, Natalie Shlomo, Roxane Silberman, and Ineke Stoop

Data Organisation and Process Design Based on Functional Modularity for a Standard Production Process:

David Salgado, M. Elisa Esteban, Maria Novás, Soledad Saldaña, and Luis Sanguiao

Efficiency and Agility for a Modern Solution of Deterministic Multiple Source Prioritization and Validation Tasks:

Annalisa Cesaro and Leonardo Tininini

Detecting Reporting Errors in Data from Decentralised Autonomous Administrations with an Application to Hospital Data:

Arnout van Delden, Jan van der Laan, and Annemarie Prins

Population Size Estimation and Linkage Errors: the Multiple Lists Case:

Loredana Di Consiglio and Tiziana Tuoto

Statistical Matching as a Supplement to Record Linkage: AValuable Method to Tackle Nonconsent Bias?:

Jonathan Gessendorfer, Jonas Beste, Jörg Drechsler, and Joseph W.

Sakshaug

Assessing the Quality of Home Detection from Mobile Phone Data for Official Statistics:

Maarten Vanhoof, Fernando Reis, Thomas Ploetz, and Zbigniew Smoreda

Megatrend and Intervention Impact Analyzer for Jobs: A Visualization Method for Labor Market Intelligence:

Rain Opik, Toomas Kirt, and Innar Liiv

Augmenting Statistical Data Dissemination by Short Quantified Sentences of Natural Language:

Miroslav Hudec, Erika Bednárová, and Andreas Holzinger

Editorial Collaborators

Index to Volume 34, 2018

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Following the signing in November 2018 of a contract between SSA and ABS that funds events in 2019 whose purpose is to increase engagement between the ABS, SSA members and the broader statistical community, and build professional capability of ABS staff; and the subsequent call to SSA sections and branches for event proposals, the Official Statistics Section has put forward the following:

A full day forum in the second half of the year on Methods of Official Statistics, open to ABS staff and SSA members, that will be the culmination of theme discussions and workshops in the first half of the year among different branches, from which a forum focus should emerge. The forum will be in the format of short (15 minute) presentations followed by open discussion. Depending on the particular focus there may be a theme address. It is hoped to use the funding to have contributions edited and issued as a record. It is proposed to use ABS video conferencing facilities to allow people within reach of an ABS office anywhere in Australia, and possibly in New Zealand, to take part without a requirement for travel.

The format was successfully tested in May this year with a Workshop on State Space Methods in Official Statistics. ABS staff in Canberra, and in four other offices took part, with presenters and discussion distributed among the offices.

We may use the budget allowed to look into the production of a pod cast; and to invite guest participants from abroad.

If you wish to join the small organising team behind this suggestion please contact your local convenor, or the Section coordinator.

We see this event as recurring in later years, allowing new focus and more opportunities for statisticians with an interest in advancing the statistical basis of official collection activity to publicise their work, collaborate across employment lines and learn from the experience of others.


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A message received from the IAOS President on 27 November 2018:

"Dear Colleagues,

As part of the process of election of officers undertaken every two years, I am pleased to inform you that the Executive Committee (EXCO) has set up a Nominating Committee, chaired by Dr. Ola Awad (former IAOS President 2015-2017), to make nominations for the posts of President-elect and four Executive Committee members for the term 2019-2021. The 2019-2021 Executive will serve under the Presidency of Mr John Pullinger, UK.
If you would like to nominate a suitable candidate, or you are,interested in participating as an EXCO member, please submit your,candidacy or the names of possible candidates to Dr. Awad, chair of the Nominating Committee. Please send your submissions, along with a CV of the candidate, to ola@pcbs.gov.ps, cc copying contactiaos@gmail.com.
The deadline is Monday, December 17th, 2018. The Nominating Committee will assess all submissions received anddevelop a slate of candidates for each of the vacancies, giving attention to the importance of achieving a proper geographical distribution and balance between producers and users of official statistics (IAOS Statutes, 7.4).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Dr Ola Awad or myself.

We look forward to your submissions.

Best regards,

Mario Palma

IAOS President 2017-2019"

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Statistics and Evaluation

The drive to evidence-based policies and decisions – whether in government or for large organisations outside it – should be good news for the statistics community. But is it? The commitment to (better) statistics in consequence has seen renewed investment in major survey and data projects, and to a limited extent the hint of a reverse of the conspicuous decline in employment of data base and survey skills close to policy areas of government. But only a hint; the farming out of research has seen close alliances between policy arms of government and a few key centres of policy research in the corporate and academic sectors, by definition at a distance from the data resource . Statisticians have been retained in maintenance capacity to service the production of ‘evidence’ framed in terms of research agendas.

Having got that off my chest, there is now the opportunity for fruitful collaboration between this rump of the profession (well represented I hope among prospective active participants in the S&M Section) and the somewhat more recent splendid regiment of evaluators, those people usually within an organisation whose remit is to test what is working, and to advise management on the health and direction of its spending programmes. The evaluators are represented professionally by the Australasian Evaluation Society, whose activities parallel ours (without our mathematical baggage but with across Tasman enrichment). Where there is potential for cross over is in the methods of evaluation; professional ethics; training; and jointly sponsored events.

Links

Books

1.      Babbie, E.R. (1973). Survey Research Methods. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co.

2.     Busha, C.H., and Harter, S.P. (1980). Research Methods in Librarianship: Techniques and Interpretation. Orlando, FL: Academic Press, Inc.

3.     Don A. Dillman, Jolene D. Smyth, and Leah Melani Christian. (2008). Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method (3 ed.). Wiley Publishing.

4.    Leeuw, E. D., Hox, J. J., Dillman, D. A., & European Association of Methodology. (2008). International handbook of survey methodology. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

5.     Dugard, P., File, P., and Todman, J. (2011). Single-case and Small-n Experimental Designs – A Practical Guide to Randomization Tests (2 ed.). Taylor & Francis.

6.     Scheuren, F. (2004). What is a survey? This booklet is written primarily for non-specialists and aims to improve survey literacy among individuals who participate in National Opinion Research (NORC) Surveys or use NORC survey results.

Journals & Newsletters

1.      Journal of Official Statistics

2.     The Journal of Official Statistics is published by Statistics Sweden, the national statistical office of Sweden. The journal publishes articles on statistical methodology and theory, with an emphasis on applications. It is an open access journal, which gives the right to users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all articles. (Accessed 20 April 2012)

3.    Survey Research Newsletter

A newsletter published three times a year and serves as a clearinghouse for information about academic and not-for-profit survey research organizations around the world. (Accessed 20 April 2012)

Online Resources


1.     American Statistical Association Survey Methodology Research Methods Section
(Accessed 20 April 2012)

2.     The Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology
(Accessed 20 April 2012)

3.    International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS)
The IASS aims to promote the study and development of the theory and practice of sample surveys and censuses.

4.     Methodspace
A social network and blog for those involved in research. It provides a place to learn about survey research methods, events and read journal articles. A registration is required.

5.     Proceedings of the ASA Survey Research Methods Section
(Accessed 20 April 2012)

6.     RECSM: Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology. Universitat Pompey Fabra.
(Accessed 20 April 2012)

7.     Statistics Canada Survey Methodology Publications
This page provides a chronological index of publications relating to survey methodology, including PDF access to these publications. (Accessed 20 April 2012)

8.  Survey Practice
AAPOR’s e-journal with public opinion and survey research articles and commentary.

9.    Survey Software
This page is from the ASA Survey Research Methods Section and is a summary of available software for the analysis of surveys with complex sample designs.

10.   Trochim, William M. The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition. Internet WWW page, at URL: <http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/> (Accessed 20 April 2012).



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