Here at McCrindle, it’s no secret that we love data and statistics. It’s our bread and butter. From the clients we work with to the projects we embark on, and even our office banter, we are entrenched in finding the quantifiable.

There’s no better time to acknowledge the history behind the methods we use than on World Statistics Day – an international day to celebrate, you guessed it, statistics.

World Statistics Day

In February 2010, the United Nations recognised the work done by the Statistical Commission, which was tasked to develop national statistics, improve comparability between partners, assist cross-coordination between specialised agencies and speak into the United Nations as an expert in matters relating to collecting, analysing, visualising and advising statistical methods.

The celebration extends to the achievement of reliable and timely statistics as indispensable indicators for understanding and monitoring policies and the implementation of their Millennium Development Goals.

As such, the first International Statistics Day was celebrated on the 20th October 2015, with 130 UN member states and in 40 international and regional organisations participating. Their theme was Better Data, Better Lives.

Flattening the curve

Statistics tell an important story

2020 is timely cause for the celebration of statistics. For the first half of the year the world was glued to graphs, and suddenly phrases such as ‘flattening the curve’ became a regular part of our global lexicon. In a world of fake news and unique challenges, reliable and evidence-based statistics helped give clarity to the chaos, and to tell the story of what was unfolding around the world.

It also serves as a timely reminder that in our lives, knowing data and statistics help validate and give confidence to our decisions. At the same time, these very same principles are being used to solve larger problems that will positively impact the generations to come.

As we close out a challenging an unprecedented year with plans, formulations and strategies, we can also appreciate the disciplines, the methods and the techniques used to transform the vast array of information we’ve collected about our business, customers and staff into the objectives and goals we set ourselves for the future.

What better way to appreciate the statisticians, the researchers, the data analysts, the mathematicians in your team or organisation with their very own United Nations approved day of celebration!

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