Dept of Statistics to hold open day

The Department of Statistics is inviting members of the public to “meet the people behind the numbers” at its first open day tomorrow.

The event is being held to celebrate Statistics Day in Bermuda and the Caribbean, with the aim of promoting public awareness of the value of statistics and how they can improve lives.

Department Director Valerie Robinson-James said: “Most people are unaware of how statistical data and information produced by the Department of Statistics are gathered, processed and used.

“The Department of Statistics is mandated to provide accurate, reliable and relevant data to strengthen and support a culture of evidence-based policy and decision-making.

“There is a direct link between the statistical data that we produce and the decisions made regarding areas that affect us in some way such as healthcare, education, income levels, employment, business start-ups, housing, rent, retail food prices, utility costs, elderly care and childcare. Statistics tells us stories and paints clear pictures about what has occurred or is happening in the Bermuda society.”

A number of interactive activities have been planned to engage students and promote their understanding during tomorrow’s open house, which is open to members of the general public.

A Government spokesman added: “The open house will be broadcasted live from the Statistics Department on the radio show Community Voices 89.1FM, starting at 12.15pm, featuring interviews of staff and stakeholders discussing statistical information around diverse topics such as health, education, income, employment, imports of goods to Bermuda. However, everyone is invited to visit the Department from 10.30am to 3.30pm.”

The Department is in the Cedar Park Centre at 48 Cedar Avenue, Hamilton.

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Published Oct 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm (Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm)

Dept of Statistics to hold open day

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