Being Smart About Statistics
This course, intended for sexual and domestic violence prevention practitioners, discusses key considerations for identifying quality statistics and rephrasing them appropriately for use in presentations, reports, and more. Prepared and narrated by Deena Fulton, MPH.
Many prevention practitioners like to share statistics about how common sexual and intimate partner violence are, who is affected, what kinds of people perpetrate, and more. Statistics like these can help us communicate how important it is to work on preventing violence, as well as help to dispel common misunderstandings about the nature of sexual and intimate partner violence.
But many statistics are unreliable or incomplete. This course will help you figure out what questions to ask about a statistic when you’re deciding whether it is trustworthy enough to include in reports or presentations, and whether it actually provides the information you’re interested in sharing.
Click on the button “TAKE THIS COURSE” to enroll, listen to the materials, and view summary documents.
Resources for this course:
- A response to critics saying the CDC overstates sexual violence in the U.S.
- Concordia College – Bad Statistics: Recognizing Junk
- University of North Carolina – Statistics
- Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Program – Using Statistics to Support Your Work
- UC San Diego – Lie with Statistics
- Study on inconsistent Clery reporting of sexual assault
- Lectures 2
- Quizzes 2
- Duration 1.5 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 20
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes