Celebrating World Statistics Day 2020!

Today we join the global celebration of statistics for the third World Statistics Day (WSD).

The theme for 2020 is “Connecting the world with data we can trust”. It highlights the importance of providing timely, high-quality and open data to a global audience. This theme feels particularly relevant this year, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Shigeru Kawasaki (Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission) talks about this and the important roles statistics plays in his recent blog post; To make the world better connected by statistics.

Trust is at the core of our work in the GSS. Trustworthiness is one of the three pillars of our Code of Practice for Statistics, and is defined as “confidence in the people and organisations that produce statistics and data”. For our statistics to have value, they must be trusted. The new UK Statistics Authority strategy – Statistics for the public good – echoes this through our ambition to “Build public trust in evidence”.

The National Statistician Sir Ian Diamond launched the celebrations in a video where he talks about the exciting work being done across the GSS.

Colleagues from departments across the GSS have also shared why they’re “proud to work in statistics”.

Today’s event also allows us to share the plans for celebrating analysis in government in 2021. Read the blog post to find out how you can help.

Celebrate World Statistics Day

You can join in the celebrations online:

WSD takes place every five years, coordinated by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic Affairs. Find out more about World Statistics Day on the official website.