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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
International Year of Statistics

The International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013)CNSTAT is proud to recognize the International Year of Statistics (Statistics 2013) 
What is Statistics 2013?
According to Ron Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association (Significance, February 2013:23), Statistics 2013 is a campaign of professional societies, colleges and universities, secondary schools, government entities, and businesses with the broad goals of “increasing public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society; nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among young people; and promoting creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics. It is no coincidence that the celebration is being held in 2013. This year marks the 300th anniversary of Jakob Bernoulli’s Ars Conjectandi . . . which gave the word ‘probability’ the meaning it has today . . . [and] the 250th anniversary of Bayes’ theorem—a statistical basis fundamental to making informed decisions in huge numbers of areas that vitally affect the world today.”

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How CNSTAT’s Mission Relates to Statistics 2013
CNSTAT’s mission to improve the statistical methods and information on which public policy decisions are based inherently draws on and contributes to the discipline of statistics and its applications. We are delighted that our every-four-year schedule of updating Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency (P&P) for release at the beginning of a new presidential administration or second term meant that the 5th edition was released in 2013. This document underscores the need for effective federal statistical agencies to serve policy makers, data users in all sectors, and the public. It outlines what they must have—relevance to policy issues, credibility among data users, trust among data providers, and independence from political and other undue external influence—and identifies practices, as such as necessary authority to protect independence, commitment to quality and professional standards of practice, and continual development of more useful data—that are essential to enable them to live up to the principals.

P&P Highlights

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Fifth Edition (2013)

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Principles and Practices

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