Statistics on spotlight: reflections on World Statistics Day

Khan, Shahjahan (2016) Statistics on spotlight: reflections on World Statistics Day. Journal of Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences (J-ISOSS), 2 (2). pp. 175-184.


In the age of evidence based decision making and data science, statistics has become an integral part of almost all spheres of modern life. It is being increasingly applied for both private and public benefits including business and trade as well as various public sectors, not to mention its crucial role in research and innovative technologies. No modern government could conduct its normal functions and deliver its services and implement its development agenda without relying on good quality statistics. The key role of statistics is more visible and engraved in the planning and development of every successful nation state. In fact, the use of statistics is not only national but also regional, international and transnational for organisations and agencies that are driving social, economic, environmental, health, poverty elimination, education and other agendas for planned development. Starting from stocktaking of the state of the health of various sectors of the economy of any nation/region to setting development goals, assessment of progress, monitoring programs and undertaking follow-up initiatives depend heavily on relevant statistics. Only statistical methods are capable of determining indicators, comparing them, and help identify the ways to ensure balanced and equitable development.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 05:51
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 00:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: statistical methods, economic indicators, development planning, quality of statistics, contribution of statistics
Fields of Research : 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010401 Applied Statistics
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences

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