In an increasingly data-driven world, data science is ubiquitous in big business and academic research. Local community organizations also stand to benefit from statistical insight; however, these groups often lack the time, resources, or skills to collect and analyze data. Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) is an outreach program that offers the expertise of graduate students, free of charge, to non-profit community and governmental organizations.
University-community partnerships such as STATCOM offer many benefits for both students and stakeholders alike. Community partners gain a deeper understanding of their operational processes and benefit from assessing program efficacy, optimizing resource allocation, and evaluating further areas of unmet need. Beyond the fulfillment of positively impacting their community, student volunteers gain hands-on experience working with data, answering complex questions, and effectively communicating statistical concepts and results to others -- crucial skills of benefit throughout their careers. This talk will exemplify the unique collaboration between STATCOM at the University of Michigan and its community.