LISA 2020 is a global network of statistics and data science collaboration laboratories dedicated to transforming evidence into action for development.

Newsletter Issue 2020-44 | October 31, 2020

Nine New Stat Labs!

The LISA network has approved 9 new stat labs!
  • SKUAST-K from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir in India (above, top left)
  • KU-LISA from the University of Karachi in Pakistan (above, top right)
  • LEE-UNIOESTE from UNIOESTE in Brazil (above, bottom left)
  • ABUAD-CENSAC from Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti in Nigeria (above, bottom right)
  • FUAM-LISA from the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi in Nigeria (below, bottom left)
  • IMSU-LISAA from Imo State University in Nigeria (below, bottom right)
  • MULISA from Mzumbe University in Tanzania (below, top left)
  • UoGStatLab from the University of Gondar in Ethiopia (below, top right)
  • CLEDA-LISA from the African Centre for Education Development in Nigeria (below, bottom)
Each of these new full member labs will be featured in upcoming issues of the newsletter as part of an ongoing series celebrating the network's achievement of our goal of 20 labs by 2020.

New Transitional Labs!

The network has also approved 2 new transitional labs, FUNAAB-LISA from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta in Nigeria and TaTU DataScience Lab from Tamale Technical University in Ghana.

Congratulations to these labs, and good wishes for them as they work on completing the application for full membership!

Symposium: Keynote and Celebration!

On Tuesday (Oct. 20), the LISA 2020 Symposium came to a head with the keynote presentation. After a few distinguished guests gave introductions, LISA Director Prof. Eric Vance presented an overview of the network's inception and progress over the years.

The event was attended by over a hundred people, and culminated in a recognition and celebration of exceeding the LISA 2020 goal of incorporating 20 labs by 2020. Congratulations to Prof. Vance and to all of the stat labs comprising our fantastic LISA 2020 network! We are grateful for all the work every lab does to make our network excellent.

Below is the abstract from the event,
“LISA2020: Building Statistics and Data Science Capacity to Transform Evidence into Action:

This keynote presentation will describe the history and mission of the LISA 2020 program to build statistical analysis and data science capacity in developing countries. The keynote will be followed by a virtual parade of stat labs comprising the LISA 2020 Network to answer the question: Did we achieve our goal of creating a network of at least 20 stat labs in developing countries by 2020?

We hope you were able to attend the main event, and we were glad to see the people that make up the network all in one "place!" There will also be four more plenary events throughout the rest of the year:

Plenary events will be on Zoom from 14:00 UTC to 15:30 UTC.

  1. Thurs, Nov 5: Chapter 7: Technology and Multimedia in Statistics and Data Science Education, organized by Dr. Gayawan
  2. To Be Determined: Data science workshop: “Tidyverse in R” 
  3. Wed, Nov 25: Statistics Education and Empowering Women, organized by Prof. Naz
  4. Thurs, Dec 3: Lessons learned in Transforming Evidence to Action, organized by Dr. Love. Panelists: Olubusoye, Adebanji, Ganguli

There are also more plenary events coming in 2021! For a consistently updated schedule of all events including regional and local held across our network, check the LISA 2020 Symposium page on our website, and sign up with the individual host labs for their sessions.

Recap of Panel Discussion on Sustainability

Asa continuation of the LISA 2020 Symposium plenary event series, the "Sustainability of the LISA 2020 Network" event was held on Wednesday, October 21, organized by Dr. Olawale. This was a panel discussion about the sustainability of the network and individual labs.

Prof. Olubusoye discussed his experience and challenges in making UI-LISA sustainable, and thoughts on what individual stat labs can do to improve chances of sustainability (pictured above). Prof. Vance discussed new ideas for sustainability of the network (regional networks, LISA 2020 Certificate, MOUs with stat labs, creation of self-governing committees within LISA 2020, exchanges between labs, annual or biannual symposia) (pictured below). USAID's Megan Miller also presented the questions: What are the red flags for an organization that makes it seem like they won't be sustainable? What are things organizations can do to become sustainable? What are the categories of sustainability (funding, numbers of members, enthusiasm of members, sustaining a common mission/purpose, communication, leadership structures)?

Abstract from the event:
What should the LISA 2020 Network do now and in the near future to become sustainable over the next several years? What should stat labs do now and in the near future to become sustainable over the next several years? The goal of the session is to begin a year-long conversation about the sustainability of LISA 2020.
Prof. Olubusoye will speak about his experience and challenges in making UI-LISA sustainable and what individual stat labs can do to improve chances of sustainability. Prof. Vance will discuss some ideas for sustainability of the network. Dr. Megan Miller from USAID will speak about general activities and behaviors of sustainable networks/programs.

Thanks to all the panelists and participants, with special thanks to Dr. Awe for organizing. Congrats on a successful and informative event!

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Upcoming Events

Zoom meetings on:

Thursday, 5 November at 14:00 UTC
Wednesday, 18 November at 15:00 UTC

2020 LISA Symposium:
All events will on Zoom from 14:00 UTC to 15:30 UTC. Register here

Thurs, Nov 5: Chap 7: Technology and Multimedia

To be scheduled: Data science workshop: “Tidyverse in R” 

Wed, Nov 25: Statistics Education and Women Empowerment

Thurs, Dec 3: Lessons learned in Transforming Evidence to Action
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