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Canadian Statistics. Evidence for enlightened democracy IASSIST, Edinburgh 2005. Introduction. Importance of literacy for all Literacy is fundamental for complex modern societies, but… concept of ‘literacy’ is broader; and we still have a way to go. The informed citizen and the public good.

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Canadian statistics

Canadian Statistics

Evidence for enlightened democracy

IASSIST, Edinburgh 2005


Introduction

Introduction

  • Importance of literacy for all

  • Literacy is fundamental for complex modern societies, but…

    • concept of ‘literacy’ is broader; and

    • we still have a way to go

Statistics Canada / Communications and Library Services Division


The informed citizen and the public good

The informed citizen and the public good

  • Professional, independent, accurate information on economy and society

  • Official statistics as a ‘public good’

    • Public interest

    • Public ‘right to know’

    • Public funds

    • Public dissemination

    • Public accountability

    • Societal development

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Engaging users media

Engaging users: media

  • The Daily

    • Guided by former journalists, for journalists

    • Stories about data in the context of trends

    • Answer the “So what?” question

  • Media Room

    • Online contact info to reach experts

    • Free download of publications

    • Calendar of upcoming releases

    • Notices, links for regional data

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Engaging users education

Engaging users: education

  • Education Outreach / Learning Resources

    • Online teaching aids / lesson plans; Bulletin;

    • Secondary schools: E-Stat access to CANSIM

    • Post-secondary: DLI and University Liaison

  • Classroom Outreach

    • Volunteers in-class; Expert Speaker Program

  • Education Liaison Officers

    • Curriculum monitoring

    • Regional workshops

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Engaging users compendia

Engaging users: compendia

  • Canada Year Book

    • Data tables and prose (returning to roots)

  • Canada: A Portrait

    • A coffee-table presentation of Canada (no tables)

  • Canada at a Glance

    • Free overview brochure; very wide distribution

  • Canada e-Book

    • 2001 CYB online; being entirely reworked

  • Canadian Statistics

    • Online summary tables; approx. 500 unique titles

Statistics Canada / Communications and Library Services Division


Redesigning public good products

Redesigning public good products

  • Redesigning the Canada e-Book

    • Get information on our audience

    • Be realistic about our resources

    • Produce a much leaner e-Book

    • Remember the ‘e’ in e-Book

    • Aim at minimizing maintenance costs

Statistics Canada / Communications and Library Services Division


Facing new challenges

Facing new challenges

  • Audience diversification and expectations

  • Selection of public good content

  • Coherence of contents

  • Costs of online compendia

  • Lifespan of compendia publications

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So what

So what?

  • Literacy a key to development

  • Public good info can help promote statistical literacy

  • Equip citizens for participation in society

  • Close the loop between data providers and data users

  • Help answer the “So what?” questions

Statistics Canada / Communications and Library Services Division


Canadian statistics

Thank you for your attention

Alan Bulley

Analysis and Compendia Publishing

[email protected]

Statistics Canada / Communications and Library Services Division


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