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Amstat News

High-impact projects, volunteer recruiting, development, support, expertly managed projects, and excellent data for good resources freely available to all. By any standard, Statistics Without Borders—an ASA outreach group—is one of the most important Data for Good organizations anywhere. The idea for Statistics Without Borders grew out of a 2008 JSM panel on activism in global health. That panel—presented by Steve Pierson, Gary Shapiro, Jim Cochran, and Fritz Scheuren—started a conversation that became a project that became a movement.

SWB: Outstanding Leadership and Projects in Data for Good


Amstat News

A new initiative by the ASA’s Committee on International Relations in Statistics and Statistics Without Borders has been uniting statisticians from around the world with a common interest in learning about popular and emerging statistics topics.

Webinar Series Builds Momentum


Amstat News

To reach statisticians and data scientists at all career levels, CIRS launched a bimonthly webinar series to introduce statistical topics of broad interest to an international audience. Although registration is required, the webinars are free. Each session is planned to last one and a half hours and the statistician leading the session provides an overview of the topic, currently used software, and suggestions for further reading. CIRS partnered with Statistics Without Borders to advertise the first webinar. 

First CIRS/SWB Webinar Draws Large International Crowd


HelpAge International  

HelpAge undertook an assessment of Sustainable Development Goals indicators on older people in India, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Ukraine, in collaboration with SWB. The assessment provided granular age-inclusive data on the state of older women and men, their families, and communities. You can access the report below: 

Breaking through the 60+ ceiling 


Special Issue on Statistics and Data Science for Good

CHANCE Magazine

DataKind's Caitlin Augustin and SWB's Matt Brems and Davina P. Durgana wrote an article for CHANCE magazine highlighting how new or novel collaborations might spark meaningful and lasting positive change in communities, sectors, and industries. We hope you will be inspired to contribute to these projects and solve problems in a new way.

Statistics and Data Science for Good


Use of GPS-Enabled Mobile Devices to Conduct Health Surveys: Child Mortality in Sierra Leone

CHANCE Magazine

SWB members Sowmya Rao and Gary Shapiro, along with Theresa Diaz of UNICEF, wrote an article for CHANCE magazine on evaluating the success of a UNICEF program that uses hand-held GPS devices to collect survey data in developing countries. This program was based in Sierra Leone and collected information on child mortality rates.

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Healthcare seeking for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia among children in four poor rural districts in Sierra Leone in the context of free health care: Results of a cross-sectional survey

BMC Public Health 13:157

SWB members assisted UNICEF in the analysis of a cross-sectional study on healthcare seeking in the four poorest regions of Sierra Leone, to plan for a community case management (CCM) program after the implementation of the Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI).

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Haiti after the earthquake: Statistics Without Borders

Significance Magazine 10:2

When a major disaster strikes, urgent needs may be food, water, shelter, medicines – and data. Unless you know the numbers of people involved and how their lives have been affected, giving efficient help is impossible. Statistics Without Borders tries to provide the data. The team that worked on a project in Haiti describe one effort.

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