1. This week on Wednesday 7th March the RSS Leeds/Bradford local group will be hosting a talk on "Statistics in industry and car design". The meeting will be held in Room 9.57, Worsley building, University of Leeds (Note change of venue to previously advertised) starting at 4pm until 5pm, with refreshments from 3:30pm.
No registration required for this event.
2. On Tuesday 27th March, jointly with the RSS Social Statistics Section, the RSS Leeds/Bradford local group will be hosting three talks on "Evidence-based practice and Social Statistics". The meeting will be held at Room X, Level 8, Worsley building, University of Leeds starting at 2pm until 5pm, with refreshments from 1:30pm.
No registration required for this event.
Further details of these events can be found on our webpage:
Dr. Sarah Fleming
Secretary/Treasurer, RSS Leeds/Bradford Local Group, Division of Biostatistics, LIGHT, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.
1. Wednesday 7th March 2012, 4pm, University of Leeds
Statistics in industry and car design
Tim Davies (University of Warwick)
I will talk about the application of statistical methods in the field of manufacturing and engineering - an activity that I call statistical engineering. I will review some statistical concepts that, after nearly 30 years of working in industry, I have come to regard as extremely important, but that as a profession we don`t perhaps teach as well as we might. I will cover one topic that we don`t seem to teach at all. Parts of my discussion will be illustrated with examples from the aforementioned previous 30 years.
Note change of venue to previously advertised: The meeting will be held at Leeds University, Worsley building, Level 9, Room 9.57, at 4:00pm with refreshments from 3:30pm (see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap for directions).
2. Tuesday 27th March 2012, 2pm, University of Leeds
Evidence-based practice and Social Statistics - A joint meeting with RSS Social Statistics Section
Paul Marchant (Leeds Metropolitan University)
Evidence for policy: - how good is it?
An experiment, especially with randomised groups and a large sample size, is a scientifically appealing way to determine the effect of an intervention. However if there are other problems within an experimental study, `hall marks of quality` may only serve to give a false illusion of trustworthiness. Therefore in the social sphere, as in health- care, `Phase IV` (post marketing surveillance) studies are needed to see if predictions are fulfilled (and possibly pick up side-effects). This talk will give an outline of a particular case (concerning a crime reduction intervention) and its attendant potential problems. It will discuss a proposed post marketing surveillance study to see what actually occurs in practise. The issues involved are wider than the particular case.
Amanda Perry (University of York)
Methodological quality in criminology randomised controlled trials: A fresh look at the CONSORT Statement
The presentation will discuss the use and development of the CONsolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement in healthcare and its recent use in criminology. Some challenges are presented in applying such statements to other discipline areas and examples of using the CONSORT statement and the methodological difficulties will be discussed. The presentation will present some suggestions of adaptation for a new statement for randomised controlled trials in criminology.
George Ellison (University of Leeds)
The social science of evidence-based practice
Evidence-based practice offers a rational approach for overcoming uncertainty in decision-making by influencing both the quality of evidence available and its accessibility to practitioners. Social science, in the broadest sense, needs to be at the heart of this endeavour - offering guidance on the production and consumption of evidence, and examining how these processes might be improved. This presentation will discuss the important contribution social science has already made, not least in: broadening the scope of eligible evidence beyond `evidence of effectiveness`; strengthening the analysis of non-experimental data; developing techniques for the synthesis of mixed-methods research; assessing the impact of interventions to improve evidence production and dissemination; and exploring the translation of evidence into practice. Much of this remains a work in progress, and the presentation will argue that adopting the stance of "decision-making in the absence of definitive evidence" is necessary to ensure that evidence-based practice can address the different types of questions that practitioners pose and can embrace the full range of evidence that social scientists (and others) can provide.
A panel discussion will follow about the issues raised in the presentations
The meeting will be held Leeds University Worsley Building, Level 8 in room X at 2pm with refreshments from 1:30 in Room X (see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap for directions).
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