Case Study


With environmental statistics becoming more visible in the news, it has become more politicized, which makes it harder for the public to both understand and interpret all the different results that are being published. NISS provided a multi-disciplinary team that would act as a non-biased, third party analyzing the data to help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its complex datasets and models.

Research Project

Integrity, Independence and Innovation:  The Future of NCES report

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) charged this Expert Panel to review NCES progress and changes over the decades since the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued its report on NCES, “Creating a center for education statistics: A time for action,” in 1986, and to consider challenges and priorities for the future. The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) assembled a panel consisting of academic, government, and private-sector experts from the fields of statistics and of education. Panelists were chosen because of their experience as both users and providers of education data, and their understanding of federal statistical operations, purposes, policies, and constraints. The Expert Panel drew on materials assembled from public sources, including federal directives, NCES documentation, presentations by NCES administrators and senior staff, and summaries of interviews NISS conducted with NCES personnel from the level of team leader to Commissioner. 

Moderator: Nathan Cruze (NASS) Speakers: (left to right) Dean Follmann (NIH/NIAID), Greg Lawson (EIA) and Jennifer Parker (CDC).
On Friday, May 22nd, over 30 NISS Affiliate colleagues gathered to hear from three distinguished and experienced statisticians from three different government agencies talk about their organizations, the work that they do and the qualifications required of prospective applicants.  And, yes, they... more
Karen Bandeen-Roche, Johns Hopkins
At the April meeting of the NISS Board of Trustees meeting discussion included a welcome to three new elected members of the NISS Board of Trustees for a three-year term that begins July 1, 2020.  NISS looks forward to the active role that these new leaders will play in the coming years as they... more
Texas A&M Distinguished Professor Dr. Clifford H. Spiegelman
With much sadness, we note the passing of our colleague and NISS Senior Fellow, Clifford Spiegelman, and an active participant from our Academic Affiliate, TAMU  Statistics Department.  Cliff had been a good friend of NISS as a Senior Fellow since 2014. For information, read more on the Texas A... more
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