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ISI Strategic Plan 2006-2009


ISI Mission

To promote the understanding, development, and good practice of Statistics worldwide.

The ISI will pursue its mission by
a. promoting excellence in statistical research and research training;
b. promoting excellence in statistical education;
c. promoting excellence in the practice of Statistics;
d. supporting the international statistical community in promoting the establishment and maintenance of sound statistical institutions;
e. fostering the appreciation in governments and the public-at-large of the true value of Statistics and statistical methods to all aspects of human endeavour;
f. facilitating collaboration among diverse groups of ISI members, and among statistical societies and other national and international organisations having statistical interests;
g. providing coordinating services, such as a broad-based website, the biennial Sessions, appropriate publications, promotion of professional standards, outreach programmes, and affiliation with other international bodies;
h. continually evolving and developing new initiatives to maintain leadership of an evolving discipline in changing environments.


  Preamble Objective Strategy
Objective 1 Coordinator(s): Len Cook The core activities of the ISI have always been the biennial Sessions and the scientific publications. However, these need to be systematically reviewed regularly. Enhance the ISI’s support for the statistical community. Conduct a review of the current range of products and services (conferences, publications …), and implement changes.
Objective 2 Coordinator(s): Nick Fisher Research and development in the statistical sciences are essential to address the new modelling and data analysis challenges arising in this age of rapid technological and scientific developments. With its broad membership representing the entire spectrum of research, applications and practice, the ISI has an important role to play in this. Promote and disseminate research in the statistical sciences. a) Develop strategic partnerships with other international societies which promote research in the statistical sciences b) Promote conferences and publications on emerging developments c) Support initiatives from the research community for the rapid communication of research advances using the internet
Objective 3 Coordinator(s): Len Cook Concrete Statistics education initiatives should not be restricted to the Sessions and publications. Promote and disseminate research and best practice in all forms of statistical education. Work cooperatively with educational groups in national societies.
Objective 4 Coordinator(s): Denise Lievesley, Nick Fisher Good statistical practice is a complex and delicate matter, requiring methodological skills (mathematical, data gathering, relevant confrontation of model and reality) as well as strong and independent (political and otherwise) communication skills. In many situations, it also calls for the need to maintain professional integrity while at the same time delivering value for money. Establish an appropriate role for the ISI promoting public awareness of good statistical practice and its value to the community, and in supporting good practice. Establish a committee to prepare advocacy material to assist with promoting public awareness of good statistical practice and its value to the community (liaising with other relevant ISI committees as necessary). Collaborate with national statistical societies and national statistical offices on how to best utilise this material.
Objective 5 Coordinator(s): Denise Lievesley A truly worldwide ISI needs a special focused policy for contributing to statistical development in developing countries. Enhance the ISI’s support of the international statistical community. Work with statisticians from developing countries to find out how the ISI can provide unique assistance to them.
Objective 6 Coordinator(s): Gilbert Saporta The ISI covers many areas of statistical activity through its Sections or through focused committees, and these need to be continually developed. In some areas a more appropriate policy will be to form strategic alliances with other international bodies. Broaden the range of areas of application in which the ISI is making a worthwhile contribution. Depending on the discipline, create appropriate ISI structures or develop strategic partnerships with other international discipline-based societies.
Objective 7 Coordinator(s): Denise Lievesley In order that Statistics remain an active and dynamic discipline, it is necessary that we constantly attract talented young people to the discipline; at the same time, we recognise the benefits from having a Society whose senior members wish to contribute. Define and institute a constructive role for the ISI in supporting the development of young statisticians, and in encouraging the ongoing participation of older members. Establish a committee whose members represent young people, Sections, and the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, to develop and implement proposals.
Objective 8 Coordinator(s): Niels Keiding Nick Fisher The ISI had a good financial period in the 1990s, but for several years income has been down without significant corresponding decrease in expenses. Put the ISI and its Sections on a sound financial footing. Establish a Finance Committee to supervise budgeting and expenditure. Re-visit the current membership model with a view to making it more attractive to belong to ISI. As part of Strategy 1, identify and institute revenue-generating products and services.

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