IASE 2016 Roundtable Conference
Promoting understanding of statistics about society
19 – 22 July 2016, Berlin, Germany

Program Outline

Details of sessions (timetable, authors, papers) are available here: .

Details of workshops (content, presenters) are listed below, after the Program Outline.

Monday, 18 July 2016

19.00Mixer for early arrivers, meet at Harnack House (note: pay on your own)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

13.00Registration opens
14.30Welcoming reception by IPC and LOC
15.00-16.00Welcoming address by Ralph Hertwig, director of MPI
16.00-16.30Coffee / Tea break
16.30-18.30Session 1a
Session 1b
18.30-20.00Social Time with catering at MPI (covered by registration fee)

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

8.30-8.40News of the day
8.40-10.10Choose one workshop: (details below, scroll after the Program Outline)
• Workshop 1: Gal, Nicholson, Ridgway
• Workshop 2: Erickson
• Workshop 3: JMP
10.10-10.40Coffee/ Tea Break
10.40-12.10Choose one workshop: (details below, scroll after the Program Outline)
• Workshop 4: IPUMS
• Workshop 5: Schield
12.10-13.30Lunch break
13.00-13.30Guided tour through the MPI building
13.30-14.30Poster Session
14.30-16.00Session 2a
Session 2b
16.00-16.30Coffee / Tea break
16.30-18.00Session 3a
Session 3b

Thursday, 21 July 2016

8.30-8.40News of the day
8.40-10.10Choose one:
• Workshop 1: Gal, Nicholson, Ridgway
• Workshop 3: JMP
10.10-10.40Coffee / Tea Break
10.40-12.10Choose one:
• Workshop 4: IPUMS
• Workshop 2: Erickson
• Workshop 5: Schield
12.10-13.30Lunch break
13.30-15.30Session 4a short
Session 4b short
15.30-16.00Coffee / Tea Break
16.00 – 22.00Boat trip on the Spree River and dinner at Restaurant Berliner Republik, Schiffbauerdamm 8, Berlin, then back by boat.
(Note: Boat round trip is covered by registration fee. Dinner is optional and not covered by fees - delegates pay on their own. Info about approx costs for dinner will be provided on the opening day.)

Friday, 22 July 2016

9.00-9.10News of the day
9.10-10.10Session 5a
Session 5b
10.10-10.40Coffee / Tea Break
10.40-12.10Session 6a
Session 6b
12.10-13.00Lunch break
13.00-15.00Discussants present thoughts and conclusions
15.00-15.30Coffee / Tea Break
15.30-16.10PCS team informs about Pro Civic Stat
16.20-17.00Closing: Summary of the Conference


Workshop #1: Mapping the conceptual knowledge needed for understanding statistics about society

Iddo Gal (U. of Haifa, Israel), Jim Ridgway & James Nicholson (U. of Durham, UK)

Analysis of social statistics (on migration, equality, crime, environment, etc) requires concepts not commonly found in introductory courses: data are multivariate, and variables interact. Calls for a fundamental rethink of current curricula need a conceptual structure to guide teaching. The workshop will offer a hands-on exploration of interactive visualisations and authentic texts that contain statistics about key civic issues. Workshop participants will analyse materials and identify key statistical concepts needed to work effectively with such resources, based on a conceptual framework now being developed by the ProCivicStat project, a new collaboration funded by the ERASMUS program of the EU (see http://community.dur.ac.uk/procivic.stat). The workshop aims to enrich the personal understanding of researchers and educators, and to provoke debate about possible changes in statistics education in light of the demands of contexts of open data related to trends about society.

** Iddo Gal is a teacher and researcher interested in the development and assessment of adult numeracy and statistical literacy skills, and in management of social services and citizen empowerment. Jim Ridgway and James Nicholson have extensive experience in development of dynamic visualization tools and training of teachers to improve statistics education in the UK, and in related assessments and curriculum development. All proposers have written extensively on issues related to statistics education and statistical literacy, and held leadership roles in the International Association for Statistical Education.

Workshop #2: Practical Public Online Data: Introducing Tuva and CODAP

Tim Erickson (Epistemological Engineering, USA)

Participants will be exposed to two online systems that we have used in secondary and post-secondary lessons about public, socially-oriented data: the Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) (http://concord.org/codap) and Tuva (http://www.tuvalabs.com). These are both examples of practical entry-level systems. People with little or no experience with data or technology can use them. To the extent we believe that public data and technology can combine to “democratize” data, it is vital that we try them out and experience both their power and their limitations. The core of the workshop is hands-on experience, but we will also engage in informed critical comparison. The workshop leader has developed curriculum materials, and used both systems, with students, ranging from high-school students in the USA to post-secondary learners in Sudan.

Through hands-on tasks from real lessons, participants will learn how to look for data, how to make all sorts of graphs, and how to perform relevant computations. They will also master, first-hand, additional important skills, for example, how to actually get a new chunk of data into each of these systems.

** Tim Erickson is a teacher, software designer, and curriculum developer from the USA. His recent work has helped students connect content topics and experiences through data. He compiled Signs of Change, a book containing high-school student work on projects that illustrate historical phenomena using US Census data using Fathom. He has also recently been working with the World Bank, Tuva, and Tuva’s online tool to use local public data in data-literacy materials for the Sudan.

Workshop #3: Storytelling from Social Data: Dynamic Data Exploration using JMP

Volker Kraft (SAS Institute, JMP Division, Germany)

Interacting with graphical displays and multivariate analysis tools helps to understand what the data are telling us. The interactivity of JMP for all types of data, including social, geographic and time-series data, helps with efficient visualization and modelling, supports decision-making from data, and facilitates the communication of findings and results.

In this hands-on workshop we will use recent social data to illustrate the power of dynamic tools for data exploration, visualization and analysis, and will explore the role of interactivity in statistical education. Participants are asked to download and install the 30-day trial version of JMP 12 (www.jmp.com/trial for Windows or Mac) before the workshop.

** Volker Kraft is Academic Ambassador for JMP in Europe, fostering and supporting the use of JMP in teaching and research. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (University Bochum, Germany), and used statistical methods extensively in his research in psychoacoustics and speech communication. In later positions at Vodafone and Voxeo he developed a passion for customer advocacy, developing and supporting programmes to foster the effective use of software in business. Drawing on this experience and the success of JMP's Academic Program globally, Volker is charged with enabling teachers, faculty and students in Europe who are interested in JMP to get the most from the software.

Workshop #4: IPUMS International: Promoting understanding of statistics about society with free online data from international censuses

Patricia Kelly Hall & Lara Cleveland (Minnesota Population Center, U. of Minnesota, USA)

The IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, https://www.ipums.org) is a dissemination project of the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) at the University of Minnesota. A leading developer and disseminator of demographic data, the MPC serves a broad audience of over 60,000 researchers and educators. IPUMS International partners with national statistical offices and other organizations worldwide to provide integrated and harmonized microdata and metadata free of charge to researchers and educators.

The workshop provides conference participants with a hands-on overview of the availability of cross-temporal and cross-national census data harmonized and freely available for classroom use. We will discuss key variables for analysis of social change, the challenges of doing comparative analysis in these areas, and suggestions for resolving these challenges in the classroom.

Participants are asked to bring their own laptops. After an introduction to the datasets, participants will do a series of exercises to showcase the interactive metadata available on the web, the customized microdata extract system, tabulator, researcher home page, and classroom registration system. A discussion of critical variables for understanding population dynamics of contemporary society--education, occupation, marriage patterns, fertility and migration—will include challenges of doing comparative work across time and political boundaries. Suggestions and tools for resolving these challenges will be presented.

** Patricia Kelly Hall is a Research Associate and External Relations Coordinator on the IPUMS and NAPP international census projects at the MPC. Dr. Hall has 21 years of experience harmonizing and disseminating population microdata. Currently, she is one of a team of researchers who negotiate with national statistical offices and national archives for population microdata. For the past four years, these projects have been developing additional tools for use by statistics educators. Her research interests are in the areas of immigration, internal migration and social inclusion.

Workshop #5: Teaching Social Statistics

Milo Schield (Augsburg College, USA)

The workshop presents ideas and techniques that have proven effective in teaching social statistics over the past 15 years. (1) Reading Social Statistics. The nature of social statistics and the statistical needs of our students are reviewed. Topics include the need to group the influences on social statistics into a few categories, and the need to use ordinary English to describe and compare conditional probabilities presented in tables and graphs. (2) Teaching Confounding, Simpson's Paradox and Multivariate Thinking. The 2016 GAISE Guidelines are reviewed along with their suggestions for teaching multivariate thinking. Other student-tested methods are presented. (3) Teaching Social Statistics and Inference. Teaching social statistics reduces the time available for statistical inference and it may make students less trusting of statistics. Methods for handling both concerns are presented. Student evaluations are presented.

** Milo Schield teaches statistics in the Business Department at Augsburg College in the US. He is an elected member of the ISI, the US Representative of the International Statistical Literacy Project, the Vice President of the National Numeracy Network, and the Editor-webmaster of www.StatLit.org. He has written over 70 papers on statistical education and statistical literacy. He has presented at numerous IASE and ICOTS conferences. He is writing a textbook for Wiley titled "Practical Statistics for Decision Makers."

Key dates

Below are key deadlines for each role, and for all participants. See more details in the Guidelines for Submission under the Notices menu (especially sections 5 and 6).

For Paper presenter (long/short oral), Workshop / Demonstration Lesson teacher

15 Nov 2015 Deadline for submission of structured abstract (300 words) + brief description of personal background (50-80 words)
22 Dec 2015 IPC informs authors of decision & provisional acceptance (see note 1)
15 Feb 2016 Submit first draft of paper for refereeing
31 March 2016 IPC sends refereeing results + notification of final (formal) acceptance
1 June 2016 Upload revised paper to conference website

For Poster

10 Dec 2015 Deadline for submission of structured abstract (300 words) + brief description of personal background (50-80 words).
15 Jan 2016 IPC informs authors of decision & acceptance

For Discussant or Group Leader

10 Dec 2015 Submit extended description of personal background (200-300 words)
15 Jan 2016 IPC informs about decision & acceptance
5 June 2016 Get access to paper(s) for which you have to be a Discussant / Group leader

All participants/authors (in all roles)

1 February Early Registration (reduced fees) starts
1 May Regular registration (higher fees) start
31 May Registration closes. To be included in the program, by 1 June all invited participants must register.
19 July Roundtable begins - Opening reception: 14:30
22 July Roundtable ends - Closing by 17:00
24-30 July 13th ICME congress in Hamburg (Opening: early evening 26 July)
1 Oct 2016 Final papers and summaries by Discussant/Group Leader submitted for online Conference Proceedings
15 Dec 2016 Publication of online Proceedings on the IASE website

Note 1 - about provisional acceptance: A "Provisional acceptance" means that an author is invited to the Roundtable - but on condition that the author indeed submits by 31 January a draft paper (developed based on the abstract) for the refereeing process, and commits to revise the draft based on the refereeing feedback and then upload a revised version by 1 June. We clarify that the main purpose of the refereeing is to provide constructive feedback to authors whose abstract and background were found provisionally suitable, so they can improve their written paper before uploading to the conference website by 1 June 2016. However the IPC may have to reject a submission, even after provisional acceptance, if the results of the refereeing process are too negative or a draft paper was not submitted by 15 February.