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# HLABC Statistics Bootcamp 2013

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Making sense of statistics at the reference desk.

Making sense of statistics at the reference desk.

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• 1. MAKING SENSE OF STATISTICS AT THE REFERENCE DESK Write down a statistical question that you’d like help answering
• 2. MAKING SENSE OF STATISTICS AT THE REFERENCE DESK ANDREA CAMERON CARLA GRAEBNER SYLVIA ROBERTS Health Libraries Association of BC June, 2013
• 3. SESSION GOALS: Increase confidence and understanding in answering statistical queries Learn the difference between data and stats Share in effective strategies and tools to find the right source Key (and free) Canadian and international statistical sources Answer actual stats questions!!!
• 4. STATISTICAL TRIVIA Highest alcohol consumption per capita: Spain, Estonia or Canada? Estonia! (OECD factbook) Do more Canadians have cats or dogs as pets? Cats! (WSPA report) How much has the value of the gluten-free retail market increased in Canada between 2011 and 2012? 2%? 5%? 10%? 10%! (Agri-foods Canada) More people have a mobile phone than a toothbrush: True or False? TRUE! (although difficult to verify) (MMA)
• 5. DATA VS STATISTICS
• 6. DATA •Facts or figures* from which conclusions can be drawn •Numeric files created and organized – for analysis, or to create a new table –require processing •Includes geographic data –(to make maps)
• 7. STATISTICS Statistics are processed data, or data that have been analyzed in some way Generally used to support an argument or position in a study or report Presentation ready
• 8. DATA OR STATISTICS? STATISTICS OR DATA? RAW OR COOKED?
• 9. GBD HEATMAP How do different health challenges rank across countries? Rank and compare causes and risks in different countries based on deaths, YLLs, YLDs, and DALYs by age group and sex.
• 10. CANSIM Updated continuously Free / Fee based Access via Statistics Canada Website* or licensed through CHASS @ the University of Toronto Data statistics, no analysis
• 11. JURISDICTIONS AND DIMENSIONS
• 12. THE BUILDING BLOCKS Basic methods for gathering statistics: Census: Census of Canada Survey: Canadian Community Health Survey; Twenty Years of Student Sexual Behavior (2004) Administrative data: Vital Statistics-Birth Database; Image credit: jassijava bricks on flickr
• 13. CAN YOU TRUST THE NUMBERS? Image credit: Wikipedia
• 14. AND MORE RECENTLY
• 15. WHO MIGHT GATHER THESE STATS? International infant mortality Cost of rent in Lethbridge Drinking fountains in Vancouver Tobacco use among Canadians Teen Internet Gambling Midwifery Industry Pharmaceutical sales from drug stores Primary school enrollment in Ghana
• 16. SOURCES BY CATEGORY Official Inter- governmental United Nations World Bank IMF WHO Governmental Federal Statistics Canada Health Canada Provincial BC stats Provincial Health Authorities Municipal Metro Vancouver Statistics Unofficial Non-Profit Think Tanks Trade / Professional Associations NGOs Academic Research Commercial Euromonitor EIU IMS Health
• 17. FOLLOW THE DATA… Data re-use at the Provincial level
• 18. THE REFERENCE INTERVIEW
• 19. THE REFERENCE INTERVIEW Intent Content Constraints
• 20. What do they want to do with the info? Use in a report: they need statistics! Can you find an existing table/ graphic/map? Yes? Done! No? Can one be generated in a database? Yes? Done! No? Perhaps someone else can help Analyze or map: they need data! Can you find an appropriate, accessible data source? Yes? Done! No? Perhaps someone else can help Intent
• 21. CONTENT
• 22. CONSTRAINTS Geography Time Particular Measures Outputs
• 23. YOUR TURN! A bewildered patron has been wandering the halls, asking that SOMEONE please help her find some numbers …can you? Image credit: AlexanderDrachmann on Flickr
• 24. SECONDARY SOURCES AS SHORTCUTS
• 25. SECONDARY SOURCES AS SHORTCUTS News articles Citations from research sources (books, articles, reports) Statistical yearbooks, abstracts, almanacs Library and organizational metaguides Organizational sites with specialized data
• 26. FAST STATS! STATISTICAL COMPENDIA
• 27. META GUIDES Off Stats (University of Aukland) Statistics Canada’s external links Library guides, e.g. York University Finding medical / health care statistics online (Dean’s wiki)
• 28. STATISTICS CANADA – A BRIEF TOUR
• 29. WHAT CAN WE FIND IN STATISTICS CANADA AS SUPPORT FOR OUR DISCUSSION?
• 30. STATISTICS CANADA TIPS  Another word for: Higher education? Fitness? Poverty?  Try a broad search term and scope the results  Browse by subject from front page  Search secondary sources for leads, e.g. The Daily  Finding and Using Statistics REALLY useful overview of Statistics Canada and statistical research in general  Google searching