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Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 31/12/2010 - 11:14

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Sheila Bird honoured

Sheila Bird, a regular contributor to Straight Statistics on a wide variety of topics and a member of its board, is h

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 20/12/2010 - 16:39

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Miscalculating New York City's bedrooms

Statistics can give a story an air of conviction – but they had better be the right ones, as this cautionary

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 14/12/2010 - 16:20

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Using how transparent?

There’s an interesting discussion on the website about the accessibility of the data available.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 26/11/2010 - 15:00

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Don't do it again, DWP told

The Department of Work and Pension has been rapped on the knuckles for “serious deficiencies” over statistical claims about the number of people who have never worked (

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 24/11/2010 - 17:08

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How the DWP bends the rules on statistical data

Ministers in the Department of Work and Pensions have devised a new and cunning way of spinning the statistics in order to make political points.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 25/10/2010 - 13:02

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Please join the organ donor register: you could save a politician’s life

Sir Gordon Duff’s report on the UK’s organ donor debacle is clear and comprehensive, but characteristically generous in its conclusions.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 11/08/2010 - 14:29

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Scotland sticks to five days’ pre-release access

The Scottish Government has flatly rejected any change in pre-release access to statistics, describing the arguments of the UK Statistics Authority in favour of such a change as specious.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 11/08/2010 - 11:47

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Statistics are what ministers say they are

When does management information become official statistics?

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 04/08/2010 - 08:29

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Dead or Alive? How the coronial system causes delay

How many deaths occurred in England and Wales last week? We don’t know the answer, and that’s understandable.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 16/07/2010 - 11:20

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Support for Making Sense of Statistics

Two Liberal Democrat MPs have put down an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons welcoming Making Sense of Statistics, the guide published by Straight Statistics and Sense about Scienc