Count on Stats

Count on Stats

The Issue

General distrust in the federal government—and high-level attacks against government data, specifically—pose a threat to the federal statistical system, which generates data informing decision makers from Wall Street to Main Street to the halls of Congress and beyond. Without federal agencies’ data collection and analysis, we would not have key insights into public health, economic trends, community issues, public safety, the environment, or countless other facets that are vital to our society.


  • Education
    Inform the public, key stakeholders, and influencers of the system and the importance of public participation in the production and use of federal statistics.
  • Awareness
    Signal the importance, integrity, and trustworthiness of government data.
  • Authority
    Provide a strong, independent, and non-partisan voice that supports the federal statistical system.
  • Advocacy
    Ensure no attack on federal statistical agencies and their work goes unanswered.


Through the Count on Stats initiative, the ASA has been joined by the following organizations in support of the federal statistical system:

Association of Population Centers
Insights Association
Population Association of America

In the News

CQ Magazine: Defenders of Data Take the Initiative

Associations Now: Count on Stats Effort Looks to Rebuild Confidence in Federal Statistics


Count on Stats is working to defend the federal statistical system and provide resources to raise awareness.

Count on Stats Statement of Purpose

Count on Stats Fact Sheet

Count on Stats Letter to Congress 1/29

Count on Stats Press Release 1/30

Count on Stats Statement Regarding Census Citizenship Question

Importance of Federal Statistics

ASA’s Support of the Federal Statistical System

Statistical Significance Series