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Guidelines: Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy 2011


The International Statistical Literacy Project of the International Association for Statistics Education (ISLP/IASE), a section of ISI, was pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2011 Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy. This award is given every two years in recognition of outstanding, innovative, and influential statistical literacy projects that affect a broad segment of the general public and are fruit of the cooperation of different types of institutions (national statistical offices, schools, statistical societies, media, libraries etc. ). A project making a good candidate for this award should have the following characteristics:


(a) It is currently alive and has potential to remain so in the future, that is, the project is currently being maintained and funded (or supported, if the work is completely volunteer). Projects that stopped being maintained in the past should not apply.


(b) Access to the project resources and membership in the project is free to all.


(c) Educates on concepts of statistical theory and data analysis, their use in the development of information about countries and societies, and their application in a broad spectrum of disciplines and areas of society, with concern towards modern data handling, experimentation, and graphical methods.


(d) Has contents that are pedagogically sound for a general audience (adults and young, media and statisticians, teachers and students, social and natural sciences)


(e) Involves two or more institutions that would usually not work in cooperation. Examples are projects that involve the cooperation between a National Statistical Office, a school and a government education office, like the ALEA project, winner of the 2007 award. Other examples are cooperation among universities and schools, or schools and statistical societies or media experts, statistical societies, national statistical offices, schools, and combinations thereof.)


(f) It is attractive to a wide audience, i.e., it has a “fun” appeal to it, invites to enter and learn, read and use the project on a daily basis as a source of knowledge and information. Some characteristics that makes it such are: Easy to find material, dynamism, variety, updated, sound pedagogy, contemporary subject matter.


(g) Has archives that are widely available. For example, if there is a contest regularly run, past winners should be known. If current events have been interpreted statistically in the past, those interpretations should be easy to access.


(h) Has international outreach and makes creative use of available resources. For example, a web page in English would help the dissemination of the resources to many countries.


Please send your suggestion for the Best Cooperative Project 2011 in Statistical Literacy to the ISLP Director by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the 15th May 2011.