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  1. How to improve statistical literacy? Anuška Ferligoj Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

  2. Introduction • Understanding of statistical concepts and methodologies is essential for proper and efficient use of statistical data collected and published by statistical offices and other authorised institutions. • For better use of statistical data much effort must be put into improving statistical literacy in the society.

  3. KatherineK. Wallman:EnhancingStatisticalLiteracy: EnrichingOurSocietyJASA, 88 (421) 1993, PresidentialAddress Major points: • importance of understanding of statistics and statistical thinking among all sectors of the population • how to enhance statistical literacy • statisticians and statistical associations can enrich the society with their statistical knowledge

  4. International Statistical Literacy Project • in the 2009-2013 period being carried out by the International Statistical Institute • several activities and statistical literacy competitions

  5. Who can contribute to greater statistical literacy? • Educational institutions • Statistical offices • Statistical associations • Media • … The more these various actors cooperate in the efforts to improve statistical literacy, the better the results.

  6. Educational institutions • Teaching appropriate statistical knowledge at the elementary and upper secondary school levels • Organising and implementing high-quality undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses and programmes in statistics • Cooperation of those preparing and implementing statistical courses and programmes at all levels of education (from elementary school to doctoral programmes)

  7. Statistical offices must try in various organised ways to increase the statistical literacy of the users of statistical data, so that they try to understand the needs of various segments of users such as: • business and government users • researchers • students • media • general public.

  8. Statistical associations should help link the various actors (e.g. educational institutions, statistical offices, the media) and provide more harmonised efforts to improve statistical literacy.

  9. Some ways to increase statistical literacy • Publication of clear (methodological) information on data sources, why and how they are obtained • Counselling about proper use and interpretation of statistical data • Organising seminars for users of statistical data on selected statistical topics for better understanding of statistical results • Publication of free,brief and easy-to-readleaflets of selected statistical methodologies or data or statistical activities • Presentation of typical abuses or misunderstanding of statistical concepts and data

  10. Some ways to increase statistical literacy - continued • Linking statistical offices and other authorised institutions with users of statistical data for better understanding and searching better solutions for planning of statistical data collection, processing and publication • Organising meetings, seminars, public discussions for statistics teachers at all levels of education (e.g. harmonise the used statistical terminology, logical linking of statistical knowledge at different levels of education)

  11. Some ways to increase statistical literacy - continued • Cooperation of statistical offices, educational institutions and statistical associations with the media to accelerate proper understanding and use of data • Regular monthly meetings of statistical offices with the media should be used for short “educational” information on proper understanding of statistical concepts and data with examples of misunderstanding • Award good practice of correct transmission / publication of statistical concepts and data (e.g. by journalists)

  12. And what is the situation in Slovenia? • Cooperation of the Statistical Office, the academic community and the Statistical Society of Slovenia is exemplary and shows in several joint activities • A result of this cooperation is preparation of the master’s and doctoral statistics programme about ten years ago, which is essential for statistical literacy and quality of statistics use • Postgraduate studies include the official statistics module • At the recent Statistical Days conference in Radenci a round table on statistical literacy was held with the participation of all the mentioned actors important for enhancing statistical literacy in Slovenia