Members' Week 2021: Get involved in our policy work 

Members’ Week is kicking off on Monday and we are asking members to get involved in our public policy work. The Society's campaigns and policy work is led by our members and there are many ways that you can get involved.  

A selection of expert groups develop policy and campaigns for change in areas that are vital to statistics and statisticians.

The Society has three types of these groups:

  • Advisory groups are appointed to advise the relevant honorary officer or vice-president on their remit
  • Task forces lead our work on time-limited campaigns that are often wide in scope, such as Covid-19
  • Working groups are commissioned to provide statistical analysis or produce a policy report on a particular issue. 


The staff at the RSS support the different groups to deliver their ideas and vision, through strategic planning, writing submissions for parliamentary and government  policy consultations and conducting data analysis.  

As well as expert groups, members have also set up sections, special interest groups and local groups. These cover many different topics, from the application of statistics in social science, data science, and environmental science to the history of statistics. They work with Advisory Groups and the Society to influence policy both in the UK and abroad. 

Whether you're a new or long-standing member of the RSS, the first port of call for anyone interested in our public policy work is to fill out our policy survey. This survey gives you a chance to tell us about your interests and experience and how you would like to participate, either by joining a group or on an impromptu basis. 

We will then share opportunities with you to participate in the Society’s public policy work based on your preference.  

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