H.G. Wells predicted that “statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write”; in the era of ‘fake news’ and ‘post-truth’ some would argue that day has arrived! Statistics allows us to sift through claims being made and allows us to make our own informed judgements.During this week-long course, participants will be introduced to the essential research and quantitative skills needed to interpret published research and understand their true meanings rather than relying on what we are told in abstracts. Topics covered as part of this summer school include:How to develop a sound research questionStudy design, sampling and confoundingTypes of dataGraphical displays of data and resultsSummarising numeric and categorical dataQuantifying differences and associations between groupsHypothesis testingConfidence intervals and p-valuesParametric and non-parametric statistical testsBootstrappingIntroduction to regressionNo prior knowledge of statistical analysis is required.Participants will also have the opportunity to attend one-to-one and group tuition sessions on the material taught throughout the week.ObjectivesBy the end of the week, participants will be appropriately equipped to: Set out a plan of analysis for a research question accounting for all types of data involved and aspects of their questionChoose the best way of graphically displaying their data and resultsChoose the significance tests suitable to answer their question Use results to make inferences about the wider population of interest and answer their research questionLocationUCL GOS Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EHThe school will take place in a teaching room close to the Institute of Child Health. Specific details of the course venue will be supplied after registration.The nearest underground station is Russell Square on the Piccadilly line. Holborn, Chancery Lane, Euston and Kings Cross stations are all within easy walking distance.