The Institute for Economics and Peace and more than 1,400 organizations in 111 countries are combining energies in 2013 to promote the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013), a worldwide initiative that will highlight the contributions of the statistics field to finding solutions to global challenges.
The goals of this awareness campaign are to:
• Increase public understanding of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society
• Nurture statistics as a profession, especially among high-school and college students
Statistics2013 participants include national and international professional societies, universities, schools, businesses, government agencies and research institutes. These groups will help millions of people understand the value of statistical science through seminars, workshops and outreach to students and the media.
Statistics—the science of learning from data and of measuring, controlling and communicating uncertainty—is much more than numbers on sports pages. Statistical science has powerful and far-reaching effects on everyone, yet most people are unaware of how it improves their lives.
For most people, statistics is an invisible science. Through this yearlong, worldwide awareness campaign, we will remove the veil that cloaks statistics from the public consciousness.
Examples of the impact of statistics abound in our society. For instance, statistics predicts weather and other natural hazards, powers Internet search engines and marketing campaigns, discovers and develops new drugs and makes the world secure and sustainable. Throughout the last two centuries, statistics was indispensable in confirming many of humankind’s greatest scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, such as the Higgs-Boson particle and the agricultural Green Revolution.
IEP is based on the philosophy that by measuring the state of peace, we can further our understanding of the social, political and economic factors that help develop more peaceful environments. With an objective, fact-based view of the relative peacefulness of different nations and regions it is possible to enhance our understanding of the types of social, political and economic conditions that are associated with and help develop more peaceful societies.
Highlights from research conducted by IEP include:
• 2012 Global Peace Index — Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, followed by Denmark and Norway.
• 2012 Global Peace Index — Economic benefit to global economy estimated at US$9 trillion if world had been completely peaceful.
• 2012 U.S. Peace Index —The U.S. is more peaceful than at any time in the last 20 years.
• 2012 U.S. Peace Index — Maine was the most peaceful state for the 11th consecutive year, Louisiana least peaceful state.
• Global Terrorism Index —While more terrorist attacks are being recorded, the number of fatalities has declined by 25% since 2007.
• Global Terrorism Index —In 2011 Iraq was the country that was most impacted by terrorism, followed by Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Our world is increasingly data-rich and data-dependent. Statistical analysis extracts information from this voluminous data to form the basis for decision-making in all types of organizations. Without statistics, life would be very different.
Central features of the Statistics 2013 awareness campaign are its website—www.statistics2013.org—and an informative two-and-a-half-minute video—Why Statistics Is Important to You—that explains how statistics improves the lives of the world’s 7 billion people. The website includes the following:
• What Is Statistics?—An explanation in layman’s language
• Stats2013AtSchool—A statistics quiz for students
• Statistics as a Career—Information about the work of statisticians and careers in statistics
• Teacher Resources—Primary and secondary school resources, a downloadable flyer and posters
The founding organizations of Statistics2013 are the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Biometric Society, International Statistical Institute (and the Bernoulli Society), and Royal Statistical Society.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.