Quality Improvement Section


This Quality Improvement Section (QIS) provides a forum for statistical thinking and best practice in the application of statistical methods for improving organisational performance and outcomes whilst encouraging statisticians to be involved as key advisers at a practical level in organisational improvement.

Quality Improvement was originally part of Business and Industry Section, and initially formed as a Committee, and in 2004 was re-designated as a Section in their own right when the importance of Quality Improvement was more widely recognised. The Section ran a Six Sigma Study group for five years which has now been re-absorbed into the Section. This Study Group enabled the Royal Statistical Society to be influential in the development of the new Six Sigma BSI and ISO standards. The Section now has strong links with both BSI and Chartered Quality Institute.


Create a fellowship that is representative of the wide range of people working with quantitative data
Facilitate the application of appropriate statistics to areas of human endeavour in particular where statistics are not being used or are used ineffectively but may be of benefit
Bring people together via meetings conferences and web technology to share their knowledge and experience around data and both statistical theory and application in all areas: private, public, 3rd sector ;  government, business, commerce, industry – service and manufacturing. 
Actively promote the use of evidence based decision making and the availability of statistical data
Promote statistics and the appropriate use of data amongst all sections of society


Chair: Nigel Marriott
Vice chair:Tony Bendell
Acting Secretary: Shirley Coleman

Committee Members

Paul Askew
Roland Caulcutt
Carolyn Craggs
John Disney
John Fry
Chris Harris
Neil McIvor

Future meetings

View our events calendar: statslife.org.uk/quality-improvement-section

Past meetings

RSS QIS Half Day Event Making Sense of Measurement Systems Analysis 2 Dec 2014 Errol St London
RSS QIS/CQI Joint Meeting: Wednesday 18 Nov 2014 18:00 House of Commons
RSS QIS Event Expectation influenced Probability 4 Nov 2014 Errol St London
House of Commons joint event with Chartered Quality Institute on 18 November 2013. Speakers included Prof Tony Bendell & Mr Tony Brown

Statistical Thinking helps Quality Management This was a joint CQI/RSS QIS meeting held on 19 Feb 2014 at Errol St. Martin Gibson’s presentation was well received with around 30 people attending. This was felt to be very successful as it can be difficult to attract attendees in the post-Christmas period.
Webinar on Making Sense of measurement Systems Analysis held on 3 June 2014.