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Durham University

School of Education

Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences - 8th Annual Conference

The Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences Eighth Annual Conference was held in Durham for the first time this year on 11th, 12th and 13th September at Collingwood College, Durham University.

The conference was jointly organised by Professor Carole Torgerson (Durham University, School of Education), Professor David Torgerson (University of York, York Trials Unit, Department of Health Sciences) and Dr Christine Merrell (Durham University, CEM). The conference workshop was jointly organised by Professor Stephen Gorard (Durham University) and Professor Carole Torgerson as part of the ESRC Researcher Development Initiative Wave 5 Project on Training in Quantitative Methods.

Main Conference - Wednesday 11th September and Thursday 12th September 2013 - Collingwood College, Durham

Keynote speaker:

Professor Larry Hedges (Northwestern University, USA) presented a keynote lecture on:


Invited speakers

Professor Sheila Bird (MRC's Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge) presented:


Professor Clare Bambra (Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University) presented:


 A paper, based on the conference keynote, is now published in the Journal of Public Health: 'The primacy of politics: the rise and fall of evidence-based public health policy?'

Contributed Presentations and Posters

A full version of each contributed presentation can be found on the page Contributed Presentations.

Alternatively, abstracts for the contributed presentations and posters are provided in the following document:


Advanced workshop - Friday 13th September, 2013 - Collingwood College, Durham

The half day programme included two one hour advanced level workshops with questions, led by Professor Larry Hedges.

The workshops were sponsored by the ESRC-funded project forming part of the national Researcher Development Initiative and the Quantitative Methods Initiative. The workshops were free to all who attended.