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Statistics Without Borders (SWB) American Statistical Association Gary Shapiro. Start Up. EASY! Mission: Pro bono statistical help in international health Session at annual meetings in 8/08 was impetus. Volunteerism Special Interest Group already existed. Start Up Cont'd.

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Statistics Without Borders (SWB)

American Statistical Association

Gary Shapiro


Start Up

  • EASY!

  • Mission: Pro bono statistical help in international health

  • Session at annual meetings in 8/08 was impetus.

  • Volunteerism Special Interest Group already existed.


Start Up Cont'd

  • In 10/08, put item in newsletter, 30 immediate volunteers. Newsletter items really important.

  • Had couple of projects before 10/08. We were operational

  • No Ass'n. objections to group

  • Great support from Ass'n. leadership


Projects and Achievements

  • Easier to get volunteers than to get work

  • Many Projects in discussion stage. Some active ones:

    • Help plan a bottled water survey

    • Advising on the evaluation of a major MesoAmerican health initiative

    • Reviewing food for Peace grant proposals for 2 countries

    • Discussions with international non-governmental organizations


Future Plans

  • Now working towards formal group within Association

  • Starting New Projects Group to look for more work

  • Gary Shapiro, g.shapiro4@verizon.net


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