NEWS22 April 2020

Royal Statistical Society launches pandemic task force

Covid-19 News UK

UK – The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) has set up a group to promote the role of the statistical community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Founded by RSS president-elect, Sylvia Richardson, the task force aims to ensure that the RSS can contribute its expertise to UK national and devolved governments and public bodies, regarding statistical issues during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Richardson is chairing the group alongside RSS past president David Spiegelhalter, supported by a steering group. It will also work with a wider network of RSS members.

The group’s remit is to:

  • Support the production of evidence-based analyses
  • Emphasise the importance of statistical principles and best practice in relation to the analysis of observational data
  • Contribute to the design of future data collection
  • Increase public understanding of the statistical issues linked to Covid-19.