World Statistics Day was observed on October 20, 2013 (this past Sunday). This day was started in 2010 (20-10-2010) by the United Nations Statistics Division to “raise awareness of the many achievements of official statistics premised on the core values of service, professionalism and integrity.” While the UN officially only celebrates this day every five years, many organizations around the world commemorate this day annually.
In addition, 2013 has been named as the International Year of Statistics in order to “increase public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society.”
Please take a look at the two websites for these efforts, and watch the video on the homepage of the World Statistics Day site regarding the global impact of statistics. It is pretty powerful!
Statistics not only has the power to affect policy and promote change in local, national, and international settings; it also has the power to impact the church. At its fundamental core, statistics gives us a general idea of “the way things are.” Without this understanding, without knowing our own place within the larger culture, our local and regional communities, even our own denomination, how can we make faithful decisions about the course of our futures?
As the UCC Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) seeks to encourage a culture of assessment across all UCC settings, we invite you to join in celebration of this momentous day and year by reflecting on the role that statistics–the gathering and analysis of information–plays in your own ministry.