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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

Friday, 9 September

Download a copy of the 2016 conference brochure (PDF , 637kb).

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