The Royal Statistical Society Professional Development Centre.

These are challenging times and your career and business success depends on expanding your ideas, developing your experience and connecting with people that can impact your career in a positive way.

RSS Training Courses  2009 - Continuing Professional Development for statisticians and users of statistics..
Questionnaire Design - 12 November 2009 - London (Dr. Pamela Campanelli)

Through looking at a wide range of pitfalls, this course explores ways to assess the effectiveness of existing questionnaires as well as how to write successful new questionnaires. It brings together key points from the research literature on questionnaire design and addresses practical concerns. Common errors in the wording of individual questions are discussed as well as how to combine individual questions into a meaningful questionnaire. Also covered are the special concerns faced in writing questions for interview surveys versus self-completion surveys.  For anyone interested in critiquing an existing questionnaire or writing one of their own.

An Introduction to Time Series Forecasting - 11 & 12 November 2009 - London (Professor Robert Sollis)

Offers an introduction to time series forecasting. The course will explain how to forecast time series using univariate and vector statistical time series models, and how to evaluate the forecasts obtained to help decide on the best forecasting specification to be used in practice. The most well-known time series models will be covered including autoregressive moving average (ARMA) models, vector autoregressive (VAR) models, vector error correction models (VECM), and nonlinear time series models (e.g. threshold autoregressive models). Recently developed statistical procedures for evaluating the accuracy and information content of forecasts will also be discussed.

Consultancy Skills - 17 November 2009 - London (Roland Caulcutt & Julie Bullen)

A highly participative workshop for statisticians who wish to improve their ability to help non-statistical clients.  Discussions and interactive exercise will allow participants to explore the non-statistical issues that can undermine effective consultancy.

Meta Analysis - 18 &19 November 2009 - London (Prof Stephen Senn)

A thorough understanding of statistical principles and issue of meta-analysis.  The course will be invaluable for all those involved in meta-analysis of pharmaceuticals, whether as consumer or producer, or working for sponsor, regulator, contract research organisation or academia.

Presenting Data - 10 December 2009 - London (Ed Swires-Hennessy)

Is the foundation of all presentations of statistical information.  The basic principles of presenting information tables, charts, maps and text are explained. These are illustrated and then reinforced through practical exercises.

For anyone involved in communicating statistics or the messages contained in them.

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In-house Courses and Bespoke Training: Economical and Flexible

Why not have one of our courses run at your own workplace?

More economical as you only pay a fixed fee.

More flexible as the content can be tailored to the specific needs of your company and timings can be arranged to suit your business needs.

The RSS can also design customized courses depending on the current training requirements of your business.

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The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) launched its Professional Development Centre (PDC) in January 2007 with the aim of providing training courses to enhance the provision of continuing professional development for statisticians and users of statistics.

At the PDC we consult with statisticians throughout the RSS and training managers in organisations where many staff use statistics on a daily basis as an integral part of their work, to put together a programme which responds to identified needs.

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