A reminder: CIW requires rigor in its statistics

My favourite statistical test emerged out of one of consultations for the Canadian Index for Wellbeing (CIW):

The Chief Statistician of Newfoundland and Labrador, Alton Hollet, explained some of the rigorous testing used in the development of the province’s Community Accounts, which allows people to search for data about their local community. The user-friendly website is the best demographic profile tool in Canada.

After telling the story of how a few audience members had fallen asleep during the initial and very dry presentations of the Accounts, Hollett sternly warned the gathered experts that people must see their lives reflected in the statistics to be presented to them because “if you can’t see yourself in the mirror, how are you going to comb your hair?”

It’s a statistical test — and a laugh — that has stayed with me.

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