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Sponsored content: the Royal Statistical Society is aiding third sector organisations to use data and evidence for decision making

Statisticians for Society is a pro bono initiative that connects professional statisticians and third sector organisations that need help collecting, analysing and presenting data. It aims to empower organisation to use data to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

The initiative was set up by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) in 2017 to enable its member statisticians to donate their time and skills to good causes. It is free and open to UK third sector organisations that are based in the UK with an annual income of under £1 million. The support provided can range from designing a survey or questionnaire to analysing internal or publicly available data.

Since its launch, over 100 organisations have been matched with statisticians. You can read case studies from organisations that have already benefited from the initiative:

The RSS is a charity and membership organisation that promotes the importance of statistics and data. With over 10,000 members worldwide, their vision is a world where data and evidence are at the heart of decision making.

Amaka Nwagbara, member engagement manager at the Royal Statistical Society, said: “Through this scheme, we aim to support third sector organisations that don’t have an in-house data expert or can’t afford to employ one.”

“We help charities and other third organisations to understand their data problems, formulate potential solutions and secure a statistician to do the work for them.”

“With the third sector still recovering from the impact of the pandemic, we are keen to help many organisations as they look to secure new funding, understand their service users and showcase their value and impact to trustees and beneficiaries.”


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