Statistic of the Year
We have launched a new initiative for the most striking statistics of 2017.
The deadline for nominations has now passed. We will be announcing the winning statistic in mid-December.
We have a judging panel (chaired by our president, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter) of journalists, statisticians, economists and pollsters to decide on the winning statistic, which will be unveiled in December.
- Your nominated statistic does not necessarily need to have been produced within 2017 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 had 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:
- A statistic that debunks a popular myth
- A statistic relevant to a phenomenon/craze this year.
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
- The word limit for your chosen statistic is 100 words
- We ask all nominees to write a brief supporting statement for their chosen statistic of no more than 200 words; this should state how the statistic is relevant to the criteria stated above.
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