About LISA 2020

LISA 2020 Program trains statisticians from developing countries to become collaborative statisticians and supports them in the creation of statistical collaboration laboratories (“stat labs”) at their home institutions. These stat labs train the next generation of collaborative statisticians to apply statistics to solve real-world problems; provide research infrastructure to help researchers, government officials, and local industries and NGOs apply statistical thinking to solve problems and make better decisions; and teach short courses and workshops to improve statistics capacity and literacy. The program’s goal is to create a network of 20 such stat labs in developing countries by 2020. So far there are five stat labs in the network at universities in Nigeria (2), Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Brazil.

In LISA, we will train statisticians from developing countries to become collaborative statisticians so that when they return to their home universities, they will create statistical collaboration laboratories to help researchers, government officials, and local industries and NGOs apply statistical thinking to make better decisions through data. Our plan, called “LISA 2020,” is to create a network of 20 such statistical collaboration laboratories in developing countries by 2020.

Steps in the LISA 2020 plan:

1. Fill out the interest form and submit an application to become a LISA Fellow.

2. Work in LISA learning how to communicate and collaborate with non-statisticians and using statistics and data science to help solve real-world problems.

3. The LISA Fellow returns to his or her home country and creates a statistical collaboration laboratory (part of the LISA 2020 worldwide network) to help local researchers use data and statistics to answer research questions.

4. A graduate student and/or faculty member visits the newly created lab for up to 6 months to help build it or sustain it.

People trained to apply and develop statistical methods (“statisticians”) AND to communicate and collaborate with researchers in other fields (“collaborative statisticians”) can use statistical thinking to enable and accelerate research, good government, and finding local solutions to local problems.

Each of these newly created laboratories will foster education in statistics and will promote the proper application of statistics to solve real-world problems. With a strong support network, just one statistician trained to communicate and collaborate with non-statisticians can enable and accelerate 50 or more research projects per year. Each research project can impact hundreds or thousands of people. At LISA, we will unlock the collaborative potential of a technically trained statistician, who in turn will unlock the research potential of her collaborators and teach other statisticians to do likewise. These research collaborators, now with the power of statistical thinking open to them, will be key to improving human  welfare worldwide.

LISA will achieve this goal by accepting applications for the position of LISA Fellow. LISA Fellows will be chosen based on their qualifications, passions, and the support they will have in their home country to create and sustain a statistical collaboration laboratory. Fellows will work in LISA and will be trained in the laboratory to communicate and collaborate with non-statisticians. After the training, they will return to their home university to create a statistical collaboration laboratory that will work under local conditions based on their experience with LISA. We expect to send graduate students who have experience as LISA lead collaborators to the newly created lab for six months at a time to help build and sustain it as needed.

Additional Information

LISA 2020 informational flyer and August 2015 update

Publications about LISA 2020

Frequently Asked Questions