Announcing the First-Ever Police Data Challenge

Attention stats-loving students! ASA, along with the Police Data Initiative, is sponsoring the first-ever Police Data Challenge. This contest invites you to use your analytical and data visualization skills to help improve community safety.

If you want to learn first-hand how statistics can make a difference in the world, this is the contest for you!

Here’s how it works:

Groups of two to five students will dive into “Calls for Service” data from the Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Seattle Police Departments, along with any other external resources that provide helpful statistics. Using that information and your best statistical thinking, make recommendations for innovative solutions to enhance public safety.

The rules for this contest are fairly minimal, but there are a few things you need to know:

  • Teams must comprise 2-5 students currently enrolled in high school or college (undergrad) in the United States or Canada.
  • Each team must have a sponsor such as a teacher, professor or parent.
  • Teams must complete the declaration of intent form no later than Oct. 20, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern to be eligible to compete
  • Final essays explaining the analysis process and PowerPoint presentations (up to 10 slides) must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time via the submission form on the website
  • Awards will be given in the categories of Best Overall Analysis, Best Visualization, and Best Use of External Data
  • Team prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card, ASA student memberships, Police Data Challenge 2017 t-shirts, and the opportunity to present your recommendations to local law enforcement

The complete contest rules and requirements are available for download here.

Stay tuned to ThisisStatistics.org and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more information, including a post with additional resources for contest participants, and more about the amazing judges who will be reviewing your work.

Learn more about the contest here.

Submit your presentation here. 

If you have any questions, please email us at thisisstats@gmail.com. We’re here to help!

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