Three cheers for the elected members of West Sussex County Council - they have signed up for International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013) on the grounds that statistics cannot any longer remain the ‘invisible science’.
Louise Goldsmith, leader of the county council, says ‘statistics are essential for planning future council services, such as creating school places and other important infrastructure decisions.
‘They allow us to assess and monitor our projects and services, adding value and enabling us improve outcomes for our residents.
‘By joining Statistics2013, we will be part of a year-long, global awareness campaign and demonstrating that it is much more than just numbers.’
The Tory-controlled council joins 1,400 organisations in 111 countries in highlighting the contributions statistics make to finding solutions to global challenges. The campaign aims to increase understanding of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society, as well as nurturing statistics as a professional activity.