We are accepting nominations for
Statistic of the Year 2018

We are seeking nominations for Statistic of the Year 2018. Last year’s winning and commended statistics were on topics such as causes of death (including lawnmower fatalities) in the USA, declining teenager pregnancy rates, the continuous urban fabric of the UK and the number of active phone connections worldwide. For 2018 we are expecting to commend an even broader range of statistics which will capture the year so far.

All you need to do is fill out a simple entry form. We have a judging panel, chaired by RSS's president, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, of eminent journalists, economists, statisticians and pollsters to decide on the winning and shortlisted statistics, which will be unveiled in December.

Read here about last year’s winning UK and international Statistics of the Year


  • Your nominated statistic does not necessarily need to have been produced within 2018 but it does need to have become relevant in that time
  • It should ideally have a public interest dimension to it
  • The statistic does not need to have an established media profile – it could be a number that is newsworthy but, in your view, has not previously received the attention it deserves
  • The statistic should be accurate, coherent and not misleading
  • It should ideally provide a new and interesting insight into a specific issue
  • Examples could include:
    1. A statistic that debunks a popular myth
    2. A statistic relevant to a phenomenon/craze this year
    3. A statistic relevant to a key news story or emerging social trend.

Guidance for nominating

  • We ask all those nominating to declare any interests in their chosen statistic
  • You should state the statistic’s source on your nomination form – for example, the UK’s Office for National Statistics - and provide a clear reference and/or web link
  • The word limit for your chosen statistic is 75 words
  • We ask all nominees to write a brief supporting statement for their chosen statistic of no more than 200 words; this should explain how the statistic is relevant to the judging criteria stated above
  • Please note entries will be considered invalid if your supporting text exceeds the word limit or if no adequate supporting statement is provided
  • The Committee will also consider any potential limitations or criticisms of the statistic they select - so you are urged to address any such potential drawbacks, proactively, in your submission to help strengthen its chances of success
  • In its announcement of the winning and ‘highly commended’ entries, the RSS will set out the statistics’ significance and what, in the view of the judging panel, they do and don’t convey.

Download the nomination form here

Submit your chosen statistic by 25 November 2018

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