Science Policy and Advocacy

The ASA’s science policy activities raise the profile of statistics nationally. By advocating on behalf of its members and providing resources to policymakers, the ASA promotes the practice and profession of statistics. Take advantage of the resources listed here and keep up to date on science policy–related developments by checking this page frequently. Interested in being part of the ASA science policy team? Consider the ASA science policy fellow position.

Advocating for ASA Members

The ASA advocates widely on behalf of its members, with an emphasis on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) budgets and the interests of the federal statistical agencies.

For the breadth of the ASA’s advocacy on behalf of its members, see Letters Signed/Sent and follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol.


Elevating the Profile of Statisticians in Policymaking

A central responsibility of the ASA’s science policy work is to raise the profile of statisticians in policymaking. The ASA does this through meetings with key policymakers or their staff, media outreach, and documents such as the following one-pagers, whitepapers, and links to more information:

Resources for Policymakers

The ASA provides resources for policymakers on a range of topics, from fundamental statistical concepts to how statistics can help advance science or inform a policy.

Keeping ASA Members Informed

An important ASA science policy activity is to keep ASA members apprised of current policy developments. This is done through various means, including personal interactions, the ASA’s monthly enewsletter, the ASA website, and Twitter.

Federal Budget Information

In addition to advocating for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) budgets and the interests of the federal statistical agencies, the ASA tracks the developments of the annual appropriations deliberations, starting with the president’s budget request the first Monday of February. The links to blog entries and Amstat News articles follow:

Action Center

The ASA Board of Directors approved sending call-to-action emails to ASA members during its August 2009 meeting about urgent statistical and science policy issues. The ASA encourages its members to communicate with their elected officials in Washington on matters important to them and the statistical profession. There are several options for communicating to your member of Congress:

  1. Call their offices. You can find contact information on the House of Representatives website (or enter your ZIP code at and Senate website.
  2. Use the contact feature on your senators’ and representative’s websites. See Option 1 for accessing these web pages.
  3. Request a meeting in a district/state office or in Washington: Meeting requests are typically handled through the member’s scheduler, whose name and contact information can be obtained by calling the member’s office. See “Keys to a Successful Hill Meeting.”

News and Highlights

Apply for to be the next ASA science policy fellow!

ASA census experts part of November Ask Me Anything for Reddit series, “The Big Count: A Reddit AMA Series Demystifying the 2020 Census”

The prestigious AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship will count four statisticians and data scientists among its 47th class. Learn who they are, where they are placed, and what they are doing.

ASA responds to request for information on addressing the climate crisis from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis U.S. House of Representatives.

ASA signs letter to Congressional leaders urging the House position forbidding the USDA relocations of two research agencies be adopted in the final FY 2020 Appropriations bill text.

ASA signs letter to NSF urging the annual number of Graduate Research Fellowships not be reduced from 2,000.

ASA signs letter urging President Trump urging he rescind the executive order to arbitrarily cut the number of federal advisory committees.

Eight Years of Government Persecution of Greek Statistician, a policy update on the Andreas Georgiou case

Federal Advisory Committees at Risk: Another blow to evidence-based policymaking? A blog post on recent threats to scientific advisory committees

ASA joins 60 science, engineering and educational organizations on AAAS-led letter to leaders of U.S. science agencies: “While we must be vigilant to safeguard research, we must also ensure the U.S. remains a desirable & welcoming destination for researchers from around the world.”


Steve Pierson
Director of Science Policy
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