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One-day workshop

Friday 19th March 2004

Gartree and Rutland Room
4th Floor, Charles Wilson Building
University of Leicester

Hosted by: School of Education, University of Leicester

** Harvey Goldstein's presentation on Multilevel Modelling is now available for download **

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Multilevel modelling has now become a standard technique in the analysis of social, medical and other data. In fact, whenever data exhibit any kind of hierarchical structure, such as pupils grouped within schools or households grouped within areas, multilevel models are appropriate. Failure to apply such models where the fact of grouping matters (e.g. schools differ in terms of student performance) is known to lead to incorrect statistical inferences. In addition, without explicitly modelling such hierarchical data structures, a great deal of important information may be lost. The workshop will provide a relatively non-technical introduction to multilevel modelling. The debate around 'value added' performance tables will be used to illustrate the basic concepts and some real data sets will be presented and analysed using the latest release of the MLwiN software package. Issues to be covered include the calculation of confidence intervals for value added scores, the importance of allowing for 'differential value added effects’ e.g. that depend on initial achievement and the use of aggregate data such as school means. The emphasis throughout will be on conceptual understanding and an appreciation of the weaknesses as well as the strengths of the technique. It is hoped that some participants will be able to discuss their own data sets, and anyone who wishes to do so should contact either of the presenters at least 10 days before the workshop.

The presenters are Harvey Goldstein ( and Jon Rasbash ( who both work in the Centre for Multilevel Modelling at the Institute of Education, University of London. The Centre maintains a web site ( that contains extensive material on multilevel modelling, including reviews of software packages. Through the web site participants will be able to purchase copies of MLwiN at a reduced rate.

The cost of the event is free to members of the TLRP, and all travel and other costs can be met by the RCBN for TLRP researchers. For more information about financial support in attending this event please contact the RCBN. For non-TLRP researchers there is a notional cost of £10 per person. Lunch and refreshments are included.

If you would like more information and/or would like to book a place on the workshop please contact the RCBN or complete a booking form and send to the RCBN.


10.00 – 10.30am Registration (coffee available)

10.30 – 12.30pm Session 1

12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch

1.30 – 3.00pm Session 2

3.00 – 3.15pm Tea

3.15 – 4.30pm Session 3

4.30pm Workshop closes

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The workshop is being held in the Charles Wilson building (in the centre of the University campus). From the main foyer of the Charles Wilson building take the lift or stairs to the 4th Floor and follow the signs to the Gartree and Rutland Room.


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