Best Cooperative Project Award 2013
Announcement of Winners
Eight projects were considered for competition in 2013’s edition.
- The winner is CensusAtSchools (Royal Statistical Society and the Office of National Statistics) in the United Kingdom. It is administered by the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE).
- First runner-up is RADICAL STATISTICS from Portugal which involves collaboration between the Portuguese Statistical Society (SPE), high schools and universities.
- Second runner up is KZN Maths4Stats from South Africa which has a strong collaborative element including the National Statistics Office (Statistics South Africa), the Ministry of Education and a university (Kwa Zulu Natal university).
Final report from the Chair
The Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy is awarded 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.).
Submitted projects should have at least some of the following characteristics:
- Be current and have the potential to remain so in the future.
- Have free access to the project resources and membership.
- Educate 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.
- Have pedagogically sound contents that are for a general audience.
- Involve two or more institutions that would usually not work in cooperation. Examples are projects that involve cooperation between: a National Statistical Office, a school and a government education office, like the ALEA project, winner of the 2007 award; a National Statistics Office and a Network of Academics like one of the 2011 co-winners , or across country initiatives like the other 2011 co-winner. 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.
- Be attractive to a wide audience, have “fun” appeal, invite participation. Characteristics that make it such are: Easy to find material, dynamism, variety, sound pedagogy, updated and contemporary subject matter.
- Have archives that are widely available. For example, if there is a contest regularly run, past winners should be known.
- Have international outreach and make creative use of available resources. For example, a web page in English would help the dissemination of the resources to many countries.
Judging panel (2013):
- Chair: Sharleen Forbes (New Zealand)
- Enriqueta Reston (Argentina),
- Larry Weldon (Canada),
- Pedro Campos (Portugal)