• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 02nd April, 2015

How to draw broader conclusions from randomised trials

Randomised controlled trials are the best way to discover the effects of a programme. But there’s a catch. RCTs show only how the programme worked with the people who agreed to participate in the trial – and those people may be a very different mix than the population for whom the programme is really intended. Here, researchers discuss a statistical solution to the problem.Randomised controlle…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 26th March, 2015

Is it good or bad news when a study finds no result?

A recent study of a reading and language intervention for six-year olds with dyslexia found no effect on children’s reading. In fact, targeted interventions before the start of formal reading instruction usually make little long-term difference to children at risk of dyslexia.Understanding null results like these poses particular challenges. In this case, the UK-based research team developed a n…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 22nd January, 2015

Just how good is childhood these days?

In the UK, one in 10 children reports a low level of subjective well-being, according to the latest report from the Children’s Society. The results from England and Scotland give particular grounds for concern.The large majority of children in the UK are relatively happy and satisfied with their lives, the report reveals. The percentage who report good well-being is higher now than it was two de…

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