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Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences - Thirteenth Annual Conference

5, 6 and 7 September 2018

We are pleased to announce the thirteenth 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 5, 6 and 7 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 5 September at 9.30 am and will close on Thursday 6 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 5 September 2018.

The Conference will include one keynote presentation and 2 invited presentations and contributed presentations on all aspects of randomised trials in the social sciences. 

Workshop - 7 September 2018

The half-day conference workshop will be organised by Caroline Fairhurst (Senior Statistician, York Trials Unit) and Catherine Hewitt (Professor of Trials and Statistics, York Trials Unit) and will include a presentation from James Carpenter who is a leading methodologist in missing data (Professor of Medical Statistics at LSHTM and Programme Leader in Methodology, MRC Clinical Trials Unit).

This workshop will explore the topical issue of “Missing data in randomised controlled trials - what are the causes, and what can we do about it?” There will be several presentations on aspects of the circumstances in which missing data in trials may occur, practical interventions to try to minimise missing data, the implications of missing data, and potential statistical approaches to missing data analysis. Delegates will have the opportunity to share and discuss their own experiences and queries.

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 2018 Randomised Controlled Trials Conference and are now available to download.

Wednesday 5th September

Thursday 6th September

 Friday 7th September

Download a copy of the 2018 conference brochure (PDF , 1,207kb)