Statistics for Action has created a set of Tips for Environmental Reporting, to help journalists sift through data, and to make the terms, units, ratios, and risks more understandable to their readers. Many seasoned environmental reporters are already familiar with these ideas, but can use our resource as a checklist. Reporters who cover general local news may find these tips useful when a big local environmental story comes up.
The long-awaited companion to our Soil Quality and Water Quality guides is here! It's an overview of air quality testing: connecting odors and industries to specific pollutants, getting the right equipment, collecting samples, reading results, assessing risks, and communicating to the public and decision-makers. Many thanks to Global Community Monitor and Pesticide Action Network, North America for their expertise and contributions.
June 18, 2013: ¡SfA en Español!
We've just posted Spanish translations of many SfA materials! Most of our activities now come with Spanish versions for participants, and three of our guides are fully translated. Look for the icon throughout our site, indicating a Spanish translation.
April 15, 2013: New published articles about SfA!
Visit our publications page to read stories of Statistics for Action in communities, illustrating SfA approach to engaging communities in math & science learning:
- Transparency of Water: A workshop on math, water, and justice, published in the Spring 2013 issue of Rethinking Schools and the 2013 edition of Rethinking Mathematics.
- Making Science Accessible to Environmental Advocates, published April 2013 by Earthzine.
April 4, 2013: SfA for Educators
Teachers can use SfA too! SfA situates opportunities for practicing math, science, and reading skills into a dramatic community context. Even if your students are not directly experiencing environmental contamination, the high stakes, drama, and politics involved may be more engaging than a typical science workbook problem. Our new section, SfA for Educators shows how SfA activities align with Common Core and GED 2014 standards for math, science, and reading & social studies.
April 4, 2013: SfA for Environmental Professionals!
SfA materials were designed so they could be used by people with no particular expertise. However, SfA can also be useful if you're an professional expert who struggles to explain complicated environmental situations to community members in plain language. Our new page SfA for Environmental Professionals can help you find SfA materials that could be useful to you!
February 13, 2013: Updated Guides
We have updated our environmental testing guides to reflect the new batch of SfA activities, as well as incoporating partner feedback (and fixing a few typos!)
January 7, 2013: SfA Training Opportunities!
Statistics for Action will be making appearances at a number of training events and workshops at environmental conferences in spring 2013. Do you know of an event where an SfA workshop would make a great fit? Or would you like to train community organizers in SfA skills? Let us know!
January 7, 2013: New Activities and Web Site
Today we're rolling out a complete revision of most Statistics for Action activities, and a new structure for our website. There are a number of pages that are still "under construction." We expect to complete those this spring; we'll post here as we do. In the meantime, please contact us with any questions you have. Thanks for your patience!