Statistics Unite the World in 2013
Who says that Olympic sports are the only way to bring nations and people together? In 2013, statistics will unite the world as governments, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations from 111 countries around the world work together via global seminars, conferences, and educational activities to celebrate and promote statistics.
The International Year of Statistics is the brainchild of the several national and international academic statistical groups. More than 1,400 organizations have signed on to offer programming and events that highlight the importance of statistics to their missions and publics. These organizations include the top universities in the United States, companies like Intel, SAS, and Pfizer, government agencies like the Census Bureau, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics—to name just a few. Versta Research has also joined as a participating organization. We plan to contribute via multiple training activities, and to offer related presentations to students and professional audiences during the year.
The goals of Statistics 2013 are to:
- Increase public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society
- Nurture statistics as a profession, especially among young people
- Promote creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics
Statistics is one of the most important tools we use at Versta Research, which sounds kind of dorky to say, but it’s true. It is also one of the most challenging, exciting, and rapidly changing aspects of our work. It relates to nearly everything we do, including customer satisfaction research, public opinion polling, concept testing, new product development, healthcare and financial research, and advanced modeling. Statistics are relevant even to the qualitative in-depth interviewing we do, and to the qualitative research firms we partner with for focus group work .
We are proud to be a participating in this year-long effort.