Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences - Eleventh Annual Conference
7, 8 and 9 September 2016
We are pleased to announce the eleventh annual RCTs in the Social Sciences conference. The conference will be an opportunity for delegates to share expertise, interests, and concerns about conducting trials in all fields of social sciences.
The conference will be held on 7, 8 and 9 September, in the ARRC Building at the University of York and is jointly organised by Professor David Torgerson (University of York, York Trials Unit, Department of Health Sciences), Professor Catherine Hewitt (University of York, York Trials Unit, Department of Health Sciences) and Dr Ben Styles (National Foundation for Education Research).
The conference will include one keynote presentation, two invited presentations, and contributed presentations on all aspects of randomised trials in the social sciences. There will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss their own trials at a one-hour ‘surgery’.
Workshop - 7 September 2016
There will be a workshop on 7 September organised by Dr Gerry Richardson (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York), Belen Corbacho (Health Economist), Dr Kerry Bell (Health Economist), Sarah Ronaldson (Health Economist), Eugena Stamuli (Health Economist), Professor Catherine Hewitt (Senior Statistician), Caroline Fairhurst (Statistician) and Ada Keding (Statistician) York Trials Unit, Department of Health Sciences, University of York.
Health Economics: Valuing Outcomes
Gerry Richardson, Kerry Bell, Belen Corbacho, Sarah Ronaldson, Eugena Stamuli
This session will cover the uses and usefulness of economic evaluation alongside RCTs, and in particular the choice of outcome measures and how the relative value of different outcomes could be assessed. The duration of RCTs and enhancing their usefulness to decision makers will also be discussed.
Statistics session: to stratify or not to stratify?
Catherine Hewitt, Caroline Fairhurst, Ada Keding
This session will explore the use of baseline factors in the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials, and will cover stratification during the randomisation process, incorporating covariates into sample size calculations and the pros and cons of adjusting for covariates during the analysis.
The following presentations were given at the 2015 Randomised Controlled Trials Conference and are available to download.
Thursday, 8 September
- Keynote Speaker: David Torgerson - Randonisation: Has it been done properly? (MS PowerPoint , 6,948kb)
- Arabella Clarke, Adwoa Hughes-Morley, Alison Booth, Catriona McDaid, Caroline Fairhurst, Catherine Hewitt and David Torgerson - Methodological and Practical Challenges of Undertaking a Randomised Controlled Trial in a Non-Clinical Setting (MS PowerPoint , 8,707kb)
- Maiken Pontoppidan - Long Term Results of the Incredible Years Parents and Babies Program – A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Universal Parenting Intervention in Denmark. Please contact Maiken Pontoppidan (email@example.com) for further information about this presentation.
- Nico Jabin - Results of a Large-Scale Effectiveness Trial of Switch-on; A Reading Intervention. Please contact Nico Jabin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this presentation.
- Pippa Lord, Ben Styles and a contribution from Save the Children UK (SCUK) - The English RCT of ‘Families and Schools Together’ (FAST) (a Programme delivered by SCUK under a license held by Middlesex University (MS PowerPoint , 813kb)
- Martina Vojtkova and Lydia Marshall - Measuring Literacy Attainment of Reception Year EAL Pupils Efficacy Trial of the Family Skills Literacy Programme. Please contact Martina Vojtkova (email@example.com) for further information about this presentation.
- Carole Torgerson and Victoria Menzies on behalf of the Durham-York SHINE Evaluations Team - Four Randomised Controlled Trials and One Quasi Experiment Evaluating a Saturday School Intervention for Disadvantaged Primary School Pupils: the Halle SHINE on Manchester and SHINE on Secondaries interventions. Please contact Carole Torgerson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this presentation.
- Invited Speaker: Steve Higgins - Some Challenges Arising from the Analysis of Randomized Trials in Education, with Implications for Research, Policy and Practice (MS PowerPoint , 3,410kb)
Friday, 9 September
- Invited Speakers: Simon Clay and Mark Langdon - The Impact of RCTs in DWP (MS PowerPoint , 1,519kb)
- Davide Azzolini, Alberto Martini, Barbara Romano, Loris Vergolini - Affording College with the Help of Asset Building: Preliminary Results from the ACHAB Experiment (PDF , 885kb)
- Gianluca Argentin, Gian Paolo Barbetta - Does Parental Involvement Really Improve Student Achievement? (PDF , 317kb)
- Peter Davies, Neil Davies, Tian Qiu - Labour Market Knowledge and Choices of School Subject: A Blinded Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial with Linked Administrative Data (MS PowerPoint , 1,894kb)
- Philippa Fibert -The STAR (Sheffield Treatments for ADHD Research) Project, Stage 1: The Feasibility of the Cohort Multiple Randomised Controlled Trial (cmRCT) Design for Testing the Acceptability, Clinical and Cost Effectiveness of Treatments for ADHD. Please contact Philippa Fibert (email@example.com) for further information about this presentation.
- Peter John - Acquiring Citizen Skills Through Voice: Recruiting and Mobilising Citizen Auditors in Kenya. Please contact Peter John (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this presentation.