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Best Cooperative Project Award 2015

Announcement of Winner

Four projects were considered for the 2015 competition, and the winner was:

  • Exploristica, the result of cooperation between Sociedade Portuguesa de Estatística (SPE), Instituto Nacional de Estatistica (INE), and Ciência Viva in Portugal.
Carlos Braumann receives the award, on behalf of Maria Eduarda Silva (President of the Portuguese Statistical Society) and Pedro Campos (coordinator of Exploristica), from Steve MacFeely (Deputy ISLP Director)

Competition details

The Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy is awarded every two years, in recognition of outstanding, innovative, and influential statistical literacy projects that affect a broad segment of the general public and are fruit of the cooperation of different types of institutions (national statistical offices, schools, statistical societies, media, libraries etc.).

Submitted projects should have at least some of the following characteristics:

  • Be current and have the potential to remain so in the future.
  • Have free access to the project resources and membership.
  • Educate on concepts of statistical theory and data analysis, their use in the development of information about countries and societies, and their application in a broad spectrum of disciplines and areas of society.
  • Have pedagogically sound contents suitable for a general audience.
  • Involve two or more institutions that would usually not work closely together. Examples are projects that involve cooperation between: a National Statistical Office, a school and a government education office, like the ALEA project, winner of the 2007 award; a National Statistics Office and a Network of Academics like one of the 2011 co-winners , or across country initiatives like the other 2011 co-winner, or across country initiatives like the other 2011 co-winner. Other examples are cooperation among universities and schools, or schools and statistical societies or media experts, statistical societies, national statistical offices, schools, and combinations thereof.
  • Be attractive to a wide audience, have “fun” appeal, invite participation. Characteristics that make it such are: Easy to find material, dynamism, variety, sound pedagogy, updated and contemporary subject matter.
  • Have archives that are widely available. For example, if there is a contest regularly run, past winners should be known.
  • Have international outreach and make creative use of available resources. For example, a web page in English would help the dissemination of the resources to many countries.

Timetable: Proposals should be sent to the ISLP Deputy Director, Steve MacFeely by the end of April 2015.

Prizes: The winning project will get 1000 euros.

Judging panel (2015):

  • Chair: Steve MacFeely (Ireland)
  • Peter Kovacs (Hungary)
  • Miranda Mafao (South Africa)
  • Lisbet Cordani (Brasilia)