Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences - Twelfth Annual Conference
6, 7 and 8 September 2017
We are pleased to announce the twelfth 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 6, 7 and 8 September, at King's Manor, 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 open on Wednesday 6th September at 9.30 am and will close on Thursday 7th September at 4.30 pm. The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments on both days. The conference dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday 6th September 2017.
The Conference will include one keynote presentation and 2 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 - 8 September 2017
The half-day conference workshop will be organised by Professor Carole Torgerson (Chair in Education, Durham University) and Dr Ben Styles (Research Director - Statistician, National Foundation for Educational Research).
This workshop will explore a topical issue: ‘Challenges and potential solutions in the selection of appropriate outcome measures for RCTs.’ There will be a number of brief presentations on aspects of this issue and opportunities for discussion of delegates' examples.
Confirmed speakers: Professor Carole Torgerson, Dr Ben Styles; Dr Sue Stothard (Head of Research, Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University).
The workshop will start at 9.00 am and will finish with a sandwich lunch at 1.00 pm.
For further information about the conference and workshop, please contact Sally Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following presentations were given at the 2017 Randomised Controlled Trials Conference and are now available to download.
Wednesday 6 September
- Keynote Speaker: Frances Gardner - If a Parenting Intervention Works in Oklahoma, Will it Work in Ormskirk or Odessa? Assessing Transportability of Evidence from Randomised Trials Across Countries and Cultures. Please contact Francis Gardner (email@example.com) for further information about this presentation.
- Mark Langdon - A Clustered Randomised Control Trial to Test the Impacts of Behavioural Interventions in Reducing Failure to Attend Rates on Voluntary Employment Support Provision (PDF , 945kb)
- Anne Grete TØge and Ira Malmberg-Heimonen - Comprehensive Follow-up of Low Income Families: A Cluster Randomized Study (PDF , 633kb)
- David Johnson - Designing a Cross-Departmental Social Policy RCT in a Locally Driven Healthcare (PDF , 956kb)
- Gianluca Argentin - An Attempt to Promote Tips Sharing Among Teachers, in Order to Improve their Relational Effectiveness. The Impact of a Light Touch Professional Development Intervention. Please contact Gianluca Argentin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this presentation.
- Gian Paolo Barbetta, Paolo Canino and Stefano Cima - Let’s Tweet Again? Twitter and Grades of High School Students. Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial (PDF , 822kb)
- Ira Malmberg-Heimonen, Anne Grete TØge, Mira Aaboen Sletten - Systematic Follow-up in Order to Reduce Drop-out in Upper Secondary Schools. A Cluster-Randomized Evaluation of the IKO-model (PDF , 2,542kb)
- C Barone, D Fougere, C Pin - Parental Book Reading and Children’s Language Skills: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial in France (PDF , 508kb)
- Michelle McGillion, Jane Herbert, Julian Pine, Danielle Matthews - An RCT to Test the Effect of Promoting Caregiver Contingent Talk On Language Development in Infants from Diverse SES Backgrounds (PDF , 12,296kb)
- Maiken Pontoppidan - Using Informational Videos to Support Recruitment in Parenting Trials (PDF , 391kb)
- Paul Connolly, Sarah Miller, Frank Kee, Seaneen Sloan, Aideen Gildea, Emma McIntosh, Nicole Boyer, Martin Bland - Impact of the Roots of Empathy Programme on Social-Emotional Learning: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Please contact Aideen Gildea (email@example.com) for further information about this presentation.
Thursday 7 September
- Invited Speaker: Peter John - Nudges, Public Policies and RCTs. Please contact Peter John (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this presentation.
- Ramon Sabes-Figuera, Oscar Ferre - A Digital Training Course for Individuals aged 55 and Over: Impact Results of an RCT (PDF , 1,399kb)
- Hugo Lortie-Forgues - What Can We Learn from RCTs in Education? A Meta-Analysis Of the RCTs Commissioned by the EEF and the IES. Please contact Hugo Lortie - Forgues (email@example.com) for further information about this presentation.
- ZhiMin Xiao, Steve Higgins - The Power of Noise and the Art of Prediction. Please contact ZhiMin Xiao (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this presentation.
- Invited Speaker: Kathy Sylva -‘Upstream evaluations’ informing the development of programmes before full trial (PDF , 1,593kb)
- Mark Langdon - Trial Design Considerations and the Management of Operational Complexity: An Example from a Work and Health Unit Trial (PDF , 428kb)
- Arabella Scantlebury, Caroline Fairhurst, Alison Booth, Catriona McDaid, Nicola Moran, Adwoa Parker, Rebecca Payne, William Scott, David Torgerson, Martin Webber, Catherine Hewitt - Effectiveness of a Mental Health Training Program for Frontline Police Officers: (PDF , 990kb)
Friday 8 September
- Ben Styles - How do we Choose the Best Measures for Our Trials?. Please contact Ben Styles (email@example.com) for further information about this presentation.
- Sue Stothard - What Constitutes a Good Outcome Measure? A Quick Guide to Identifying Suitable Assessments for RCTs. Please contact Sue Stothard (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about this presentation.
- Greg Brooks - Is There Any Prospect of an Agreed Method for Calculating Effect Sizes? (PDF , 535kb)