How to use and understand statistics: good briefs

Regular readers will have noticed that things have been quiet around here for a while. I’ll be back to blogging properly in a while.

In the meantime, I am dead impressed by this collection of very accessible briefs from the House of Commons Library (of all places). The briefs are easy to understand, and they will be useful for people who are trying to write good analysis as well as for people who want to understand the statistics that they are reading.

Here are links to the briefs (all of which are pdf files):

Hat tip: Flowing Data and Lone Gunman

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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  1. Hi Owen,

    Thanks – these are great links. Just to let you know: For some reason this post isn’t rendering properly in Firefox (or, at least, in Firefox on my computer). Fine in ie and the home page is fine in FFox. But when I actually click into the post, the side menu items swallow the blog itself.



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