Parliament Counts campaign
Parliament Counts Campaign
The RSS believes politicians and policymakers should have a basic understanding of statistics to ensure they make good decisions for the people they represent. That is why we offer statistics training sessions to the UK’s elected representatives to ensure they have a good grasp of the numbers so better decisions are made for the benefit of society.
The Parliament Counts campaign was initially launched in 2015 to coincide with the Westminster General Election. We called on RSS members and supporters to get in touch with their electoral candidates, asking them to attend statistics training sessions run by the RSS, if elected. 324 candidates across the political spectrum signed up to the campaign, of which 55 were successfully elected on 7 May. We held three training sessions for MPs and their staff and we continue to support parliamentarians through our statistical literacy work.
Following the elections of the National Assembly of Wales and the Scottish Parliament on the 5th of May, the RSS will be offering statistics training workshops to elected representatives of the National Assembly of Wales and the Scottish Parliament. We are asking our members to get involved by writing to their local candidates asking them to attend a statistics workshop if elected.