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Hannah Thomas awarded IAOS Young Statistician Prize 2017

Hannah Thomas, from the ONS Digital Publishing team (who is currently on secondment to Welsh Government), has been awarded the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) Young Statistician Prize 2017.

The IAOS is part of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). IAOS promotes the understanding and advancement of official statistics and related subjects, and fosters the development of effective and efficient official statistical services through international contacts among individuals and organisations.

Since the mid-2000s the IAOS has been awarding the Young Statistician Prize to encourage more statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics.

Hannah’s winning paper, titled The Dissemination Game: How to communicate official statistics to non-expert users*, focuses on the ongoing challenge of how to win at the dissemination game, looking at the use of social media, changing outputs, getting the most of charts, and making data easy to find and use.

Hannah says: “I was very happy and honoured to win this prize – and particularly excited about the prize of 1,500 Euros and free trip to Marrakech! My project was based on everything I learned while working in the ONS Digital Publishing Division about communicating official statistics. I am particularly indebted to Jane Naylor for encouraging me and giving me feedback on my entry. ”

Jane Naylor, Deputy Director ONS Methodology, told us:” This is a great personal achievement for Hannah and really great for ONS’s international reputation.

“In the past, I was involved in the IAOS Young Statistician Prize as a member, and then chair of the judging panel. Since retiring from judging responsibilities I have been able to promote the competition across the GSS and mentor applicants.

As well as Hannah we also had 2 other ONS submissions,whereas there have been no other UK entries since 2013.. I’ll continue to encourage and support applicants going forward.”

*Because of the terms and conditions of the competition, the paper is not available for publication yet.