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Updates from the TIES-ISI Taskforce

January 2014

TIES-ISI Taskforce

TIES is currently working towards formalizing its Association status with the International Statistical Institute (ISI). To progress the TIES-ISI long-term relationship – a critical component for consideration is not only mutual benefits for the partnership but also the financial sustainability of the relationship.  Consequently, the respective Boards of TIES and ISI established a Task Force, with the objective of Amplifying the Impact of Environmetrics - A partnership of TIES and ISI.

Background: The TIES Board is committed to progressing the following three pillars of a Strategic Plan for TIES – focused on three key roles – with a clear link to its Association status with ISI. The Board is also mindful that consideration must include where TIES is on its maturity journey as a society/association – to celebrate and build on our strengths (connections through conferences and regional meetings, inspiring environmetricians [young, mid and late career]) - and use those strengths to catalyse new opportunities to amplify the impact of environmetrics.

  1. Creating and maintaining connections – connections amongst environmetricians; connections to stakeholders of environmetrics capability (collaborators in environmental endeavours).
  2. Developing capability – capability for environmetricians (quantitative skill development relevant to environmental endeavours, progressing careers in environmetrics along the spectrum of application - method development).
  3. Being a trusted advisor –catalysing and engaging in critical dialogues globally – providing trusted advice to government and industry on critical and emerging issues that need critical environmetrics insight.

Broad Terms of Reference: A taskforce of TIES and ISI be commissioned – to advise TIES and ISI on pros and cons of various options for a long term partnership - including sustainability of administration and financial matters. 

Taskforce membership Will engage a senior member of the Council and TIES members who have the "corporate memory" of the original TIES-ISI discussions

  • Bronwyn Harch (TIES President and Chair of Taskforce) [Australia]
  • ISI invited member – Helen MacGillivray (VP ISI)  [Australia]
  • Daniela Cocchi (previous TIES President and current active IS elected member of ISI working groups/councils) [Italy]
  • Larry Cox (TIES member and on ISI Council)
  • Peter Guttorp (previous TIES President and current active ISI elected member; note I was Treasurer to Peter as TIES became an association of ISI) [USA]
  • Sylvia Esterby (previous TIES President and outgoing Treasurer of TIES; very active TIES member with a wealth of corporate memory to utilise – noting link to Canadian corporate law for TIES) [Canada]
  • Alexandra Schmidt (President Elect) [Brazil]
May 2014

The TaskForce provided the following advice to the TIES and ISI Boards in relation to the benefits of a long-term relationship – with alignment to TIES’s strategy. The following represents the Taskforce output with amendment from members of the TIES Board.

Pillar 1. Creating and maintaining connections – connections amongst environmetricians; connections to stakeholders of environmetrics capability (collaborators in environmental endeavours). 

Connections amongst quantitatively capable professionals

  • Mutual: Members gain access to worldwide networks both in statistical science and broader networks of stakeholders interested in statistical and quantitative sciences. For example, links to individuals and also to their networks, World Bank, UN, …
  • To TIES: connecting environmetricians to the global statistical community – broader range of statistical areas. For example, TIES members have the options to be TIES-ISI members and have access to membership benefits of ISI; including the benefits afford to environmental professionals in interacting with a more diverse set of statisticians – across different sectoral foci and areas of methodology specialization that is relevant
  • Mutual: connecting a broad range of quantitative sciences to environmental issues (statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, geography).
  • To ISI: connecting ISI members to quantitative professionals engaged in environmental applications. For example, broadens the application scope of the statistical community engaged in ISI activities

Connections to stakeholders of Environmetrics

  • To ISI: connecting ISI members to quantitative professionals engaged in environmental endeavours.For example, broadening the scope of ISI members to see opportunities for engaging their skills in environmentally focused endeavours.
  • To TIES: connecting TIES members to ISI contacts who are looking to engage more in environmental issues.For example, TIES conference/short courses/regional meetings (which also focus on educating environmental professions about how to apply sound methods to environmental applications)

Pillar 2. Developing capability – capability for environmetricians (quantitative skill development relevant to environmental endeavours, progressing careers in environmetrics along the spectrum of application - method development)

Capability for quantitatively capable professionals

  • Mutual: Enrich the science being undertaken by members and that undertaken by stakeholders.
  • To TIES: offering broader range of short courses from the ISI community (as well as TIES)
  • To ISI: offering broader range of short courses from the TIES community to ISI members
  • To TIES: Members participate in or contribute to ISI’s statistical capacity building initiative - including capacity building in developing countries.

Career development – context specific (early, mid, mature or academia, government, industry)

  • Mutual: Both ISI and TIES contribute/benefit, the main distinction is that TIES gives ISI the environmental expertise to address the above, and ISI provides TIES a broader reach to individuals in academia, government, industry (and to established mentoring programs)
  • To TIES: Offering a broader community through ISI to consider careers within the environmental sector.
  • To TIES: Participate and contribute to ISI mentoring schemes and special interest groups (e.g. Women in Statistics, Young Statisticians).For example, provide input to career development activities undertaken within academia, government and industry.
  • To ISI: An avenue for impact to critical components of the environmental sector
    • academia (teaching and learning/research)
    • government (research/policy making)
    • industry (research, investment, productivity)

Pillar 3. Being a trusted advisor – catalysing and engaging in critical dialogues globally – providing trusted advice to environmental scientists, government and industry on critical and emerging issues that need critical environmetrics insight. Influencing key decision makers.

Trusted advice to broader scientific community

  • To TIES: Offering discussion, evolving research, contributing to and solving environmental issues.

Trusted advice to government

  • To TIES: Offering a recognized global brand and gateway for discussion at international level. Leveraging the connections of the ISI. Opportunities to influence and to ensure quantitative considerations are included in decisions being made on environmental issues.
  • To ISI: Ability to provide to their stakeholders a community of people of world standing specializing in environmental issues – to provide advice on issues of the day.

Trusted advice to industry

  • TIES: Offering a recognized global brand and gateway for discussion at international level. Leveraging the connections of the ISI. Opportunities to influence and to ensure quantitative considerations are included in decisions being made on environmental issues.
  • To ISI: Ability to provide to their stakeholders a community of people of world standing specializing in environmental issues – to provide advice on issues of the day.
July 2014

The TaskForce has identified the following key risks to the TIES-ISI partnership:

 a)      Board membership in major transition (vast majority of new Executive Board members) and previous Board members working on the TIES-ISI partnership with limited access to “corporate” memory or record of previous deliberations to formalize the partnership – consequently it is taking time to rebuild understanding and identify pathways to progress dialogue and agreements

b)      TIES being a small society – in relation to managing governance, fiscal and reporting requirements

c)       Lack of service agreement between the parties, including the overhead and administration fees being charged by ISI

d)      Lack of agreement on outstanding amount for TIES to pay to ISI for “service rendered to date”

e)      Incorporation of TIES in Canada

 These key items are now part of discussions being held by members of the Taskforce and the Executive of the TIES Board for progressing for discussion and recommendation at the ISI Council meeting in early August 2014 and subsequently the TIES AGM in December in China – as part of TIES2014 conference.

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