ALA students can earn a maximum of five credits through webinars, though students are welcome to view as many as they choose.

This webinar originally aired on August 17th, 2017

Numbers are powerful when debating a policy issue. Statistics inform your effective analysis, interpretation, and storytelling of an issue. Why is data are so important to think tanks in winning a policy debate? How can you use data to effectively back your arguments? How you should go about telling your story with powerful data and analysis?

If you have attended past ALA webinars with Jeff Miron from Harvard University on research methods and Michael Munger from Duke University on how to formulate research hypothesis in policy debates, you will not want to miss this one with Marian Tupy, editor of and senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute. In this webinar, he will discuss with you why data and numbers are important to gather, how you can make those vast sums mean something to a general audience, and how you can use that data to tell meaningful stories. is a project of Cato Institute that aims at correcting misperceptions regarding the state of humanity through presentation of empirical data that focuses on long-term developments.

Marian L. Tupy is the editor of and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He specializes in globalization and global well-being, and the political economy of Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. His articles have been published in the Financial Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The U.K. Spectator, Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Reason magazine, and various other outlets both in the United States and overseas. Tupy has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN International, BBC World, CNBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and other channels. He has worked on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Commission on Angola, testified before the U.S. Congress on the economic situation in Zimbabwe, and briefed the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department on political developments in Central Europe. Tupy received his B.A. in international relations and classics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Great Britain.