IPA Newsletter 2018 statistics

30 Dec 2018

In my first job after university, I worked for several years as a Business Analyst in industry. The time leading up to the year-end always meant producing a wealth of statistics, hopefully showing that the past year had been a successful one, and with the aim of creating a solid base for the following year’s budget and targets.

Surprisingly to myself, statistics and I developed a great relationship … I like the idea of being able to get to the bottom of developments, the  safety and possibilities the figures give me to see where it could lead, and to plan where I would like them to go.

As it is getting close to the end of this year, and I had a little time on my hands, I had a look into the figures behind the IPA Newsletter 2018. A day later, and a database richer, here are some of the interesting things I found:

Overall, our 11 editions of 2018 were made up of 197 pages stemming from 144 articles, dividing nicely to give you 12 new articles to read each month J

I am happy to see that 30 sections from 4 continents, plus IBZ Gimborn, contributed in some way or other to the Newsletter, which is close to half of all IPA sections. 66% of articles came from sections directly, with the remainder coming from the IEB or Commissions (19%), plus of course Introductions and Last Words.

Our articles are not restricted to the monthly Newsletter – you will also see them appear on the IPA international website and on social media – promoting the IPA as much as we can. Thank you to all who have contributed this year!

A staggering 291 photos or images were used. The majority of these were sent in by our sections. I am also very grateful for the biennial IPA Photo Competitions, which are the perfect source for many IPA Newsletter front covers, with 5 having been used in 2018. The IAC has a photo archive where all IPA photos are stored, and we are also working on establishing a photo gallery on the website for all of you to enjoy.

So far for 2018…for me, this is just the ‘baseline’. I now have all the figures in hand to see where there are further opportunities to develop the Newsletter. So to start off with in 2019, I am very much looking forward to contacting some of the 35 sections who missed the opportunity to contribute in 2018, inviting them to share their IPA success stories with the rest of the IPA world J

Figures and statistics are not all, though:

‘Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it’s about experience, it’s about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious’. Daniel Libeskind

Seems to me that the IPA is just that: perfect for experiencing and participating.

In this respect my wish for you for next year is that you are not a mere statistic in the IPA, but enjoy actively all the opportunities the Association offers, and for me that you keep sending plenty of articles for us to publish in the Newsletter!