Founded in 1885, the International Statistical Institute (ISI) is among the oldest scientific societies. lts mission is to promote the understanding, development and good practice of statistics worldwide.
At the time of its launching, the lnstitute had 81 members from academia and government. Since then, the ISI family has grown to include seven international statistical associations that specialize in different sub-fields, over 4,000 individual members from more than 130 countries, and hundreds of organizational members. More than 2,000 of the individual members are ISI elected members, statisticians who have made significant contributions to the profession. Most of the National Statistical Offices around the world are represented within ISl's organizational membership, which also includes international agencies, central banks, and academic departments. Both groups, individual and organizational members, play an integral role in the success of the lnstitute.
The ISI and its Associations are engaged in a broad range of activities to promote the profession and the international statistical community. These include conferences, workshops, journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, awards and honors, professional ethics, mentoring, and capacity building. The World Statistics Congress is the ISl's flagship event. The first one was held in Rome in 1887, and these biennial congresses have been held regularly except for two periods of interruptions during the first and second World Wars.
Statistical capacity building (SCB) in developing countries has been a major focus of the ISI over the last few years. The SCB activities have covered governance workshops for high-level official statisticians, workshops in methodology and applications in Africa and Asia, and funding for statisticians to participate in conferences and workshops. These activities have been supported by funds from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and other organisations.
The ISI has played a major role in promoting professional ethics that deal with individual statisticians. lts Declaration of Professional Ethics has been cited widely, and the ISI has made interventions in cases where professional ethics have been violated or individual statisticians have been prosecuted. Several ISI members were instrumental in developing the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics that were recently endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly.
The ISI is also actively involved in collaborations with other professional societies and organisations to promote the profession worldwide. The ISI was one of six societies that launched the successful lnternational Year of Statistics (IYOS) in 2013 and the successor to IYOS called World of Statistics.
The ISI is constantly working to meet the evolving needs of the profession and the international community. Join the ISI and help to create a better world through Statistical Sciences.