We are extremely pleased to announce that the new Chair of the getstats Campaign Board is Robert Chote, Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).
Looking forward to his new role, Robert said “The campaign is a great initiative. Improving public understanding of numbers, quantitative data and statistics is a huge challenge – for schools and colleges, journalists and bloggers, parliamentarians and commentators and civil servants and business people too. The campaign has made a great start”.
Prior to taking up his current post at the OBR in 2010, Robert was the Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies for several years, before then an advisor to senior management at the IMF and a journalist on the Independent/Independent on Sunday. For more on Robert including his bio and statement of support for the aims of the campaign, see getstats Campaign Board.
Robert takes up the mantle from John Pullinger, Librarian at the House of Commons and, since January 2013, President of the Royal Statistical Society.
In passing the chairmanship to Robert and looking back on the campaign so far, John noted that the statistical literacy landscape is changing for the better. getstats has initiated some of these changes, some have been initiated by partners and getstats has helped to support their progress.
For example, good relationships have been built with MPs, peers and their staff through getstats in parliament’s seminars and training. Impact in the media has increased via training for many more journalists and the increased success of RSS awards for excellence in journalism. Campaign messages are reaching the education community and decision makers through lobbying for the recognition of statistical skills as part of a ‘whole’ education for every young person. More recently, new inroads have been made with employers, the police, the voluntary sector and others.
There is real momentum to the campaign and a sound platform from which to continue to build the statistical understanding, know-how and skills society needs (and is increasingly realising it needs.)