Professional Statisticians’ Forum

Professional Statisticians’ Forum (PSF) meetings enable professional statisticians to share professional experiences and discuss professional development. The meetings are intended for Chartered Statistician (CStat) and Graduate Statistician (GradStat) members, but all our members are welcome.

PSF events

PSF hosts virtual and face-to-face meetings. Events are held four times a year and typically run for 90 minutes with speakers and Q&A sessions. Many of the meetings are webinars and at least one is held during our conference.

Meeting papers and slides are available on our website at least a week ahead of an event.
We encourage you to pre-register for an event, though this will not be necessary for webinars.

Future events

Tuesday 8 May 2018, 2.00pm – 3.30pm (BST) - A webinar meeting

Missing data in clinical trials: making the best of what we haven’t got

Speaker: Michael O’Kelly (Principal Scientific Advisor, IQVIA)

Researchers in the last twenty years have come up with a snowstorm of ideas about how to interpret the results of clinical trials that have missing data. Michael O’Kelly summarises the landscape of ideas as he and his colleagues found it. A key change was the move from trying to “handle” missing data, to realising that missing data should be included in our understanding of clinical trial results. We can try to include missing data in our results by coarsening the outcome so as to include the missingness itself as part of that outcome; or by qualifying any estimate of treatment effect with sensitivity analyses; or by modelling some kind of counterfactual so as to attempt causal inference on a stratum of interest such as subjects who would have had no missing data. There are strong objections to each of these options, and the arguments continue. Michael will describe how in his own company, IQVIA, local Missing Data Superusers have improved the understanding of the issue of missing data, and also notes the strong co-operation in industry and academia in sharing methodologies for missing data. Current publicly available resources for statisticians will be summarised. Finally, Michael will talk about three key points: preventing missing data in clinical trials; how evidence from previous clinical trials can help give confidence in results when there is missing data; and the importance of clinical interpretability of results from trials with missing data.


Wednesday 16 May, 2018, 2:00pm-3:30pm (BST)

Excellence in Official Statistics – engagement, insight and building trust

Speakers: Alastair McAlpine, Scottish Government, Laura Watson-Heard, Department for Work and Pensions, Ian Polanowski, Health and Safety Executive, Rob Green, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The RSS Official Statistics Awards, jointly awarded by the RSS and by the UK Statistics Authority, recognise and celebrate developments in Official Statistics. In this meeting you will hear from the winners and those short-listed for the 2017 Awards. They will talk about the motivation for the work, how it was done, the key outcomes and how things have developed since.
In particular, you will hear from:

  • The Scottish Government, winners of the Award, with the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD16). This was commended for excellent processes to develop understanding of user needs, communication of findings to decision makers, clever use of case studies and user engagement to build public trust, and clear advice on what the SIMD can and cannot be used for. 
  • The Department for Work and Pensions on the presentation of the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper Data Pack and on work to strategically bring together the outputs to improve public accessibility and user engagement. 
  • The Health and Safety Executive on its work on user-focus and accessibility of Health and Safety Statistics for Great Britain 2015/16. 
  • The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on innovations and improving ease of use of its Live Performance Dashboard.

Dial-in details

Dial-in details for UK and international users and the link to the web conferencing system are provided on this page.

Past events

Webcasts, MP3s and slides from past events are available to download.