Since its founding in 1994, the non-profit, non-partisan Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) has become a much-valued resource on the use and abuse of science and statistics in the media. The goals are to correct scientific misinformation in the media resulting from bad science, politics, or a simple lack of information or knowledge; and to act as a resource for journalists and policy makers on major scientific issues and controversies.
STATS' work has been featured on NBC's "Nightly News," "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and ABC's "20/20" - and in print by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News and World Report, New Scientist, New England Journal of Medicine, and many other publications.
In 2004, STATS became an affiliate of George Mason University in Virginia.
STATS' present focus is on the following policy areas: education and child rearing, drug use and abuse, public health and disease, polls and surveys, gender issues.
STATS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization affliliated with The Center for Media and Public Affairs.