Statistical Literacy Index


What is it?

It measures the competence of an individual to build an opinion about the society or the world he lives in, based on reliable statistical data.

This index was presented, for the first time, in the Conference of European Statistics Stakeholders, in Budapest (October 2016).

What is its purpose?

Understanding the statistical literacy of a population means to know how its members look and understand their surrounding world, through the statistical data that comes to them. A well informed population is the basis of a more developed society.

Measuring this concept in a standard way allows comparable results for different populations.

In an individual basis, it will possible to know if statistical literacy is related to all kind of other variables, such as gender, age, region, occupation or political engagement.

In a country basis, it will possible to know if statistical literacy is related to productivity or economic growth, for instance. 

What is its composition?

The index has 5 dimensions. Statistical literacy demands:

1. consider statistical information important to know the reality and to build an opinion

2. have an interest in searching, accessing and receiving statistical information

3. be able to understand the language, the concepts and the symbols of statistical data

4. be able to evaluate or criticize the received statistical information and the validity of any extrapolation

5. be able to understand the meaning of statistical data’s content in order to build an opinion based on its message

See the Statistical Literacy Index's methodology, the questionnaire and the results obtained by the Portuguese population  here.

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