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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 (


The following presentations were given at the 2017 Randomised Controlled Trials Conference and are now available to download.

Wednesday 6 September

Thursday 7 September

Friday 8 September

  • Ben Styles - How do we Choose the Best Measures for Our Trials?. Please contact Ben Styles ( 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 ( for further information about this presentation.
  • Greg Brooks - Is There Any Prospect of an Agreed Method for Calculating Effect Sizes? (PDF , 535kb)