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. 

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The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) has a mission to promote collaborations across different disciplines. As a means of fulfilling this mission, on September 26, 2019, NISS sponsored its first virtual career fair, featuring career opportunities at Google, Merck, Minitab, RTI, and... more
NISS Targets Training for Government Affiliates Statisticians from the Washington, DC area got together at the Bureau of Labor Statistics conference and training center November 25 and 26 for the popular R & Spark course.  Once again presented in a two-day workshop, this time with priority... more
On November 19, 2019 about 400 attendees dialed in to hear from three speakers assembled by NISS to provide insight into their personal thoughts regarding next steps for how to recoup what utility is left from the well-known, perhaps little understood and decidedly mis-used measurement, the... more
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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to...