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Multilevel Modelling Workshop 2

Two-day workshop
13th- 14th December 2004

Glamorgan Building, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Tutors: Harvey Goldstein (Institute of Education, University of London)
and Jon Rasbash (University of Bristol)

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. This workshop follows on from a previous introductory session that the RCBN organised in Leicester, March 2004. This second workshop is designed to be more ‘hands on’ with a mixture of demonstrations by the tutors and working through data analysis examples by the participants using MLwiN. Issues to be covered include an introduction to multilevel models, continuous and binary responses, multivariate data, repeated measures data, cross classified and multiple membership models and the use of MCMC methods. The emphasis throughout will be on conceptual understanding and an appreciation of the weaknesses as well as the strengths of the technique. It is anticipated that participants will be able to discuss their own data sets, and there will be provision for some analysis of participants’ own data.

Participants should have a good working knowledge and experience with analysis of statistical data, including the use of multiple regression.

The presenters are Harvey Goldstein ( and Jon Rasbash ( who work in the Centre for Multilevel Modelling at the Institute of Education, University of London and the Centre for Multilevel Modelling at the University of Bristol. There is a web site ( that contains extensive material on multilevel modelling, including reviews of software packages. Participants will be able to purchase copies of MLwiN at a reduced rate, on production of special workshop purchase form available from RCBN.

If you are interested in attending this event then please complete a booking form (available from the RCBN website). All contact details are below. Places are limited.

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 £30 per person. Lunch and refreshments are included. For more information please email

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