Rescuing the Families and Schools Together (FAST) randomised controlled trial from high attrition

18th November 2019 : 12:45 - 14:00

Category: Seminar

Research Group: Quantitative Methods Hub

Speaker: Ben Styles, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room B

Convener: Steve Strand

Seminar Abstract


Due to a reluctance of some schools to share their Key Stage 1 test scores at the end of the FAST trial, statisticians employed a variety of strategies in order to establish an unbiased estimate of the treatment effect. Multi-level multiple imputation using NPD data was deemed less useful than a separate analysis of the age-related expectations, also taken from NPD. Sometimes, it helps to deviate from the Statistical Analysis Plan!


About the Speaker


Dr. Ben Styles leads the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) Education Trials Unit, which is responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of educational interventions.

He is a firm believer in the need to improve the replicability of research. He sits on Trial Steering Committees for non-NFER trials, advises the Education Endowment Foundation on matters concerning the analysis of education RCTs and regularly presents at conferences and workshops on aspects of trial design and analysis.

Ben originally trained as a scientist and a teacher, has a DPhil in neuroscience, a PGCE and is a Chartered Statistician.




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