Winners of the Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy 2011

The ISLP received 6 nominations for the Best Cooperative Project Award 2011. Awards went to the top two projects.

  • A post-graduate program in official statistics (New Zealand) New Zealand Statistics and NAOS (the Network of Academics in Official Statistics )
  • North-South-South (NSS) International Collaborative Project in Biostatistics (Ethiopia, Belgian (Flemish), and Mozambique universities under the umbrella of the Flemish Interuniversity Council, VLIR-UOS. Web page
  • Actions of the World Statistics Day 2010 in Finland (Finland) Cooperation with producers of Official Statistics , MAOL, the Finnish Association of Teachers of Mathematics Physics, Chemistry and Informatics, the Finnish Statistical Society and several schools. Web page
  • ‘ABS Footy Stats’ Program (Australian Bureau of Statistics )
  • Statistics Literacy in Persia - Project Savade Amari (Iran) Afshin Ashofteh, Iranian Statistical Society (ISS), Iranian Mathematics House (IMH) and Statistics Department of Central Bank of Iran. Web page
  • Set of initiatives to promote statistical literacy in Bulgaria (Bulgaria - Nadezhda Tsankova - ISLP Country coordinator – Poster competition)

Selection Committee 2011:

  • Pedro Campos (Portugal) - chair
  • Adriana D’amelio (Argentina)
  • Larry Weldon (Canada)
  • Tatevik Zohrabyan (Armenia)

Guidelines for this Project

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. ), the IASE/ISLP recognizes the BEST COOPERATIVE PROJECT AWARD IN STATISTICAL LITERACY. A project making a good candidate for this award should have the following characteristics:

  • It is currently alive and has potential to remain so in the future, that is, the project is currently being maintained and funded (or supported, if the work is completely volunteer). Projects that stopped being maintained in the past should not apply.
  • Access to the project resources and membership in the project is free to all.
  • Educates 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, with concern towards modern data handling, experimentation, and graphical methods.
  • Has contents that are pedagogically sound for a general audience (adults and young, media and statisticians, teachers and students, social and natural sciences)
  • Involves two or more institutions that would usually not work in cooperation. Examples are projects that involve the cooperation between a National Statistical Office, a school and a government education office, like the ALEA project, winner of the 2007 award. Other examples are cooperation among uni-versities and schools, or schools and statistical societies or media experts, statistical societies, national statistical offices, schools, and combinations thereof.)
  • It is attractive to a wide audience, i.e., it has a “fun” appeal to it, invites to enter and learn, read and use the project on a daily basis as a source of knowledge and information. Some characteristics that makes it such are: Easy to find material, dynamism, variety, updated, sound pedagogy, contemporary subject matter.
  • Has archives that are widely available. For example, if there is a contest regularly run, past winners should be known. If current events have been interpreted statistically in the past, those interpretations should be easy to access.
  • Has international outreach and makes creative use of available resources. For example, a web page in English would help the dissemination of the resources to many countries.

Winners of the Best Cooperative Project Award 2009

The ISLP received 5 nominations for the Best Cooperative Project Award 2009. Awards went to the top two projects.

The best cooperative project award in Statistical Literacy for the year 2009 went to Math4Stats of Statistics South Africa and EarlyStatistics a consortium of different partners (a college and several universities from Cyprus and other countries – Spain, Greece, Norway) Ana Serrado Bayes (Spain) collected the trophy for EarlyStatistics and Themba Mo- hoto for Math4Stats.

The winners presented a summary of their projects during the ISLP Open meeting at the International Statistical Institute Biennial meeting in Durban, South Africa, August 2009. Adriana D’Amelio, who also attended the meetings, also presented a summary of her project. The leaders of the remaining projects did not attend and could not present their projects. However, we can see below the summaries of the projects and the scores they received from the judges.

  • “Maths4stats project of Statistics South Africa” (South Africa) Web page➶ Short description: The Maths4stats project is one of Statistics South Africa’s series of activities initiated to encourage the development of mathematics and statistics education. The goal of the Maths4stats project is to enable learners to understand that statistics is part of everyday life, and to enable them to acquire sufficient skills in statistics and mathematics to enter into further training in the science and engineering fields. Maths4stats uses mathematics teachers to encourage more learners to study statistics. There is a series of workshops going on and training materials available in the web page. The project involves the South African Statistical Association (SASA), the association for Maths education in South Africa(AMESA) and the National Department of Education (DOE), as well as Stats South Africa.
  • EarlyStatistics: Enhancing the Teaching and Learning of Early Statistical Reasoning in European Schools (Cyprus) Web page➶ Short description: EarlyStatistics addresses the high interest in statistics and the need for further supporting the development of students’ statistical reasoning in mathematics classrooms. It enhances the quality of statistics education offered in European schools by facilitating intercultural collaboration of teachers using contemporary technological and educational tools and exemplary web-based materials and resources. EarlyStatistics is a consortium of different partners (a college and several universities from Cyprus and other countries – Spain, Greece, Norway). The web page contains scenarios, class videos and samples of guidelines for work in order to enhance statistics education.
  • Statistics for School: E-school (Lithuania) Web page➶ Short description: Statistics Lithuania launched the Statistical Literacy project at the end of 2006. This project is meant for developing the pupils’ statistical literacy and as a supplementary means for the teachers of mathematics, geography, informatics, as well as those using statistical concepts and information in class. One of the first products of the project, in 2007, was a colourful brochure “The World of Figures - ABC of Statistics” that was developed for students of the 5th to 8th grades. The web page was launched in January 2009. It contains resources for students and for teachers (the latter are organized in a series of links - Statistical Information, Statistical Literature, etc.). The project involves the co-author of the General Programme for Primary and General Lower Secondary Education, Vilnius Pedagogical University lecturer that joined the Statistics Lithuania Project Team as a consultant, and Secondary school teachers of mathematics and informatics aided in developing tasks and exercises.
  • Statistical Literacy in Mendoza (Argentina) Web page➶ Short description: “ The general goal of this project is to implement a program to educate the public in statistics with the aim of helping to understand the numbers that describe the world. The Statistical Literacy in Mendoza project is developed in the Ministry of Production, Technology and Innovation under the direction of Minister Lic Guillermo Migliozzi from the Statistical and Economic Research Institutes (DEIE).
  • New Zealand’s Certificate on Official Statistics (New Zealand) Short description: New Zealand’s Certificate on Official Statistics” is a pre-university Certificate aimed at increasing the statistical literacy of government policy advisors. The goal of the Certificate is to enable policy analysts to critically evaluate statistics releases, research reports and published policy and media documents for their appropriateness and quality of information about a given policy question (such as, how to reduce unemployment). Basic statistics, official statistics and non-statistical aspects are covered. The project involves the National Statistics Office (Statistics New Zealand), the State Services Commission (agency responsible for cross-departmental state sector issues) and Learning State (the Industry Training Organisation responsible for state sector training) as well as a group of academics from statistics departments in the seven main New Zealand universities.

Selection Committee 2009:

  • Pedro Campos (Portugal) - Head of Committee
  • Iddo Gal (Israel)
  • Paola Guiacche (Italy)
  • Cyril Parirentyawa (Zimbabwe)
  • Pinto Martins (Portugal)