Join us for a discussion of the challenges and actions required to use data for the public good.

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Conference Room & Roof Terrace
Professor Deborah Ashby; President of the Royal Statistical Society; Director of the School of Public Health, Imperial College London


The Royal Statistical Society was founded to address social problems ‘through the collection and classification of facts’, leading to many developments in the collection of data, the development of methods for analysing them, and the development of statistics as a profession. Nearly 200 years later an explosion in computational power has led, in turn, to an explosion in data.

We outline the challenges and the actions needed to exploit that data for the public good, and to address the step change in statistical skills and capacity development necessary to enable our vision of a world where data are at the heart of understanding and decision-making.