The centre's core aims are to:
- Develop statistical methods to better represent the complexity of educational and social processes.
- Develop software tools to implement new methods (including MLwiN and the new Stat-JR software system).
- Illustrate the application of new methods to address research questions in education, demography, psychology and public health.
The centre has diverse research interests in education and across the social and health sciences. Areas of current interest include:
- Evaluation of Government school performance measures of educational attainment and progress.
- The relative importance of family, school and neighbourhood on children’s educational progress, separating 'nature' and 'nurture' effects of the family.
- The relationships between changes in individuals’ physical and mental functioning over time and changes in their socio-economic circumstances.
- Methods for the analysis of longitudinal data.
The centre also has a long-standing interest in developing methods and software to aid researchers in analysing partially observed datasets; please see our missing data page for further details.
Current research grants
- Using Statistical E-books to teach undergraduate students quantitative methods and statistical software
- The use of interactive electronic-books in the teaching and application of modern quantitative methods in the social science
- Multilevel Modelling of the Government's New School Performance Measures, 'Floor Standards' Target and 'Narrowing the Gap' Priority
- LEMMA 3 (Longitudinal Effects, Multilevel Modelling and Applications) is a node of the third phase of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)
- Interrelationships between housing transitions and fertility in Britain and Australia
- The e-Stat project - Primarily researching statistical methodology and statistical software development for complex statistical models that are used in the social sciences and other disciplines.
- Impact of family socioeconomic status on outcomes in childhood and adolescence is an ESRC large grant (led by Paul Gregg, CMPO) using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Fiona Steele and Harvey Goldstein work on the Methodology strand.
See also the Gallery of multilevel publications page.