Benstat Incorporated

aka STATAID   |   Takoma Park, MD   |  www.stataid.org
This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.

Mission

to provide affordable statistical consulting services to nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and international and national governments and institutions, with a specific focus on organizations that promote, defend and/or monitor human rights and humanitarian causes;
 
to participate in and initiate research that improves survey methodology and statistical methods for collecting and analyzing data related to human rights and humanitarian concerns; and
 
to offer statistical and survey methodological training to the types of organizations listed above that wish to expand their knowledge of and ability to use statistical and survey methodology, and, in so doing, serve as a capacity-building resource for those organizations.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Ms. Jana Asher

Main address

6930 Carroll Ave Ste 420

Takoma Park, MD 20912

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EIN

27-0588614

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (R02)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Statistical Consultation Program

StatAid's Statistical Consultation Program provides low-cost consultation to NGOs and governmental bodies working to further the attainment of human rights, interpreted broadly, or to mitigate complex humanitarian emergencies.

Population(s) Served

One important goal of StatAid is the achievement of statistical literacy across NGOs.  To that end, this Program both provides mentoring and training in quantitative and statistical literacy to the NGO community and also allows in-house internships for local high school and college students.

Population(s) Served

Although many advocacy efforts and public policy decisions are based on good statistics and other quantitative information, there are many challenges to using quantitative information effectively in the human rights and humanitarian contexts.  A good example of this issue is best methods for casuality estimation during or directly after complex humanitarian emergencies.  The controversy surrounding the Lancet Studies related to excess mortality in Iraq was, in part, due to mixed professional opinion on the use of 30X30 cluster survey methods for mortality estimation.  Another related but less known issue is the maintenance of conceptual and functional equivalence of survey instruments across different languages and cultures.  Within the Data Collection and Analysis Research Program, StatAid staff explore these issues, developing best practices for collection and analysis of data related to human rights or humanitarian concerns.

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Benstat Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 6/7/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. David Banks

Duke University

Term: July 2009 - July 2012

David Banks Professor

Duke University

Fritz Scheuren Vice President

National Opinion Research Center

Gary Shapiro

Retired

Mary Gray Professor

American University

Hormuzd Katki

National Institutes of Health