JESP piloting the use of statcheck – News – Elsevier

What is statcheck?

statcheck is a program that checks for errors in statistical reporting in APA-formatted documents. It was originally written in the R programming language. statcheck/web is a web-based implementation of statcheck. Using statcheck/web, you can check any PDF for statistical errors without installing the R programming language on your computer. To use statcheck/web, simply upload a PDF or HTML file of your APA-formatted document. The output will identify any errors in statistical reporting from the manuscript text, based on apparent discrepancies among degrees of freedom, test statistic, and p-value. (For a summary of what statcheck can and cannot do, see the statcheck manual).

In Some States, Sales Tax Holidays Lose Luster – Pew

Consumers in 16 states can take advantage of sales tax holidays this year—going on frenzied shopping sprees to buy items such as backpacks, computers and school clothes tax-free. But states confronting budget woes and a long list of spending priorities are questioning whether the hyped-up shopping events are worth the cost.

The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade | Pew Research Center

Many experts say lack of trust will not be a barrier to increased public reliance on the internet. Those who are hopeful that trust will grow expect technical and regulatory change will combat users’ concerns about security and privacy. Those who have doubts about progress say people are inured to risk, addicted to convenience and will not be offered alternatives to online interaction. Some expect the very nature of trust will change.

Trust Magazine | At Water’s Edge: Norfolk’s Rising Flood Risk

“Many of our federal flood-risk policies are based on past events, but this is a time when we need to be looking toward the future,” says Laura Lightbody, who directs Pew’s flood-prepared communities initiative. “At Pew we’re looking to places like Norfolk, which have embraced resiliency and taken a proactive approach to reducing flood risk. People there are developing best practices that could help the federal government make better policy.”

Norfolk City Council Approves Open Data Policy

This program will make city data more consumable and readily available to the public. The work to create the open data policy and program was completed with guidance from What Works Cities, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies. The City of Norfolk is one of only 100 U.S. cities selected to participate in the What Works City initiative, designed to help mid-sized cities improve transparency, increase efficiency and make better data-driven decisions.

What Does the Public Think About Cross-sector Collaboration? | Stanford Social Innovation Review

One of the most interesting findings from these focus groups was that people believe both that government is the root of most modern problems and that it is government’s responsibility to solve them. While the public may express a desire for better government, many citizens are actually seeking better governance—a better process for solving public problems. Governance today requires more than just government. Yet our focus groups showed that cross-sector collaboration is not yet top of mind for most people and has only passive support. If individuals were more aware of how cross-sector collaboration influences their lives and the use of their tax dollars, they might be more invested in how groups are using it in their communities. For this reason, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and other civic-minded organizations have an important role to play in effectively communicating their experiences with cross-sector collaboration to relevant leaders, the media, and the general public.