Columbia University Causal Inference Conference: Varying treatment effects on May 6, 2017

The literature on causal inference focuses on estimating average effects, but the very notion of an “average effect” acknowledges variation. Relevant buzzwords are treatment interactions, situational effects, and personalized medicine. In this one-day conference we shall focus on varying effects in social science and policy research, with particular emphasis on Bayesian modeling and computation.

See a full schedule and register for the conference here.


The Modern Modeling Methods Conference and Workshops on May 22-25, 2017

The Modern Modeling Methods (M3) conference is an interdisciplinary conference designed to showcase the latest modeling methods and to present research related to these methodologies. Our keynote speakers for the 2017 conference include Dr. Steven Boker (UVA) and Dr. Kenneth A. Bollen (UNC). In addition, Steven Boker will conduct a full day pre-conference workshop on Monday (May 22nd), on OpenMx (XSEM) with Application to Dynamical Systems Analysis. Kenneth Bollen and Zachary Fisher will offer a half day post-conference workshop on Thursday (May 25th), on Model implied instrumental variables using MIIVsem. In addition, Dr. Craig Enders is offering a 3 hour workshop on Multiple Imputation for Multilevel Data on Wednesday afternoon (May 24th). MMM Registration is now open, and early registration rates are available until April 22nd.

More information and call for presentations here.
Register for the MMM conference on the registration website.


2017 Stata Conference in Baltimore on July 27-28, 2017

Stata's user community is inventive and unique, developing their own commands and applying Stata in new ways to real-world situations. At the Stata Conference, you will learn new techniques from Stata developers and users. Discuss, develop, and dine with us in "Charm City".

More information and call for presentations here.


The Data Infrastructure Of The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) And Its Research Potential on August 11, 2017

The workshop will introduce researchers to the broad and continuously expanding database of the NEPS. This database is available free of charge to the scientific community. The aim of this course is to provide an insight into the design and survey program of the study, its rich research potential, and how to gain access to NEPS data resources.

NEPS was launched in 2009 as an interdisciplinary, multicohort, multiactor, longitudinal study for analyzing the development of competencies, educational processes, educational decisions, and returns to education in formal, nonformal, and informal contexts throughout the life span. The study consists of six starting cohorts—early childhood, kindergarten children, fifth graders, ninth graders, first-year students in higher education, and adults—with a total of 60,000 sampled persons. These panel participants are regularly interviewed and tested over an extended period of time. Additionally, about 40,000 context persons such as parents, teachers, or preschool staff are surveyed. All data material is thoroughly edited and documented.
For more information, please refer to our NEPS website (Link).

In addition to the longitudinal collection of various competence measurements, a key element of the NEPS study is the focus on social inequality and the role of ethnic background with regard to educational processes and their consequences for individual life courses: Why do educational decisions vary across different sociostructural groups? What are the mechanisms connected to migration biography that influence the acquisition of skills and educational success?

Registration: There is no fee to attend this workshop, but places are limited. Interested researchers are encouraged to register in advance by sending an e-mail with their name and affiliation to Workshop slots will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Fuss, Head of Research Data Center at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Bamberg, Germany.

Past Events


Fourth Conference on the Statistical Methods in Psychometrics

The Fourth Conference on the Statistical Methods in Psychometrics from August 30 to September 1, 2016 at Columbia University.  More information here.

PRIISM Sponsored Conferences

The 2016 Atlantic Causal Inference Conference (ACIC)
(co-sponsored with IHDSC, IES-PIRT, and the Moore Sloan DSE)
May 26-27, 2016, New York University
For more information see the 2016 ACIC webpage. 

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19 and 20, there will be a free, no-credit,
two-day mini-course in Bayesian statistics that the Sociology Department
is sponsoring this summer. It will be held in the Sociology Department's
large conference room (Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 4th Floor).

The course will be taught by Professor Scott Lynch of Duke University,
and he will be using R in the demonstrations. David Greenberg would like
to get an idea of how many will be coming. If you think it likely that
you will attend, please let him know by emailing:

More details will be provided as they emerge. 
Modern Modeling Methods Conference (M3)

May 23, 2016, University of Connecticut
The Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN)

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The 2015 Atlantic Causal Inference Conference will be held at the University of Pennsylvania from Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday, May 21, 2015. 

The Atlantic Causal Inference Conference is an annual gathering of statisticians, epidemiologists, economists, social science and policy researchers to discuss methodologic issues with drawing causal inferences from experimental and non-experimental data.
Registration for the 2015 ACIC at Penn is now open at

Early registration is available until April 20; the fee increases after that.  

A few highlights of the program are:  
Tuesday, May 19

1:00 - 5:30 pm. Short Course: Targeted Learning. Instructor: Sherri Rose, Harvard University.  

Wednesday, May 20 

9:00 am - 6:00 pm. First day of conferencesessions. The schedule is available at  

6:00 - 7:30 pm. Poster session and reception. 

Researchers who would like to present a poster can e-mail the title and list of co-authors to by Friday, May 1

As in previous years of the conference, junior researchers whose posters demonstrate exceptional research will be considered for the Thomas R. Ten Have Award which recognizes"exceptionally creative or skillful research on causal inference."
Thursday, May 21 9:00 am - 12:40 pm. Final day of conference sessions.2015 ACIC Organizing Committee (Jesse Hsu, Marshall Joffe, Hyunseung Kang, Luke Keele, Edward Kennedy, Nandita Mitra, Sam Pimentel, Jason Roy, Taki Shinohara, Dylan Small, Alisa Stephens,  Bret Zeldow)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Symposium on Recent Advances in Multilevel Modeling

New York UniversityMay 30, 2014Sponsored by NYU Stern/IOMS and the PRIISM Center at NYU Steinhardt, with support from Toyota Motor Corporation of North America and Sage PublicationsMultilevel models are statistical models that, broadly speaking, are characterized by complex patterns of variability, usually focusing on nested structures of, for example, students in schools, animals in litters, purchasing patterns of individuals over time, and so on. In association with The Sage Handbook of Multilevel Modeling, published in 2013, this one-day symposium brings together researchers from around the world who are doing cutting-edge research on the theory and practice of multilevel modeling. Each of the speakers was an author or coauthor of one of the chapters in the book, and is one of the leading researchers in the field:

  • Sudipto Banerjee, University of Minnesota, will present, On Hierarchical Nearest-Neighbor Spatial Process Models for Large Datasets
  • Ciprian Crainiceanu, Johns Hopkins University, will present, Multilevel Functional Data Analysis
  • Garrett Fitzmaurice, Harvard University, will present, Multilevel Modeling of Longitudinal Data
  • Jennifer Hill, New York University, will present, Bias Amplification "Danger Zones" with Grouped Data
  • Geert Molenberghs, Hasselt University &andKatholieke Universiteit Leuven, will present, A Model Family for Hierarchical Data With Combined Normal and Conjugate Random Effects
  • Ardo van den Hout, University College London, will present, Modeling Survival and Change of Cognitive Function in the Older Population

Please go here for more details, and to register. Pre-registration is required in order to attend the symposium. It will be held in the Kimmel Center for University Life of New York University, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY. The day will begin with continental breakfast at 9 a.m., and lunch is included. The talks will end at roughly 5:30 p.m.The symposium is being organized by Marc Scott, Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology (PRIISM) at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Jeffrey Simonoff, Department of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at New York University Stern School of Business. The organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Toyota Motor Corporation of North America, Sage Publications, NYU Stern, and NYU Steinhardt.

ANNOUNCEMENT: 9th International Conference on "Multilevel Analysis"

The 9th International Multilevel Conference is held March 27-28, 2013. The conference will be about all aspects of statistical multilevel analysis: theory, software, methodology, and innovative applications. The conference and course will be in an informal style, with much room for discussion. They will be held at Utrecht University, which is easy to reach by public transport. Invited speakers are professors Stef vanBuuren, Lesa Hoffman and Tom Snijders.

During the conference there will be a special section devoted to presentations where researchers can discuss with the audience issues they have analyzing their multilevel data. The audience will, hopefully, provide suggestions for handling the issues. Please indicate in your abstract if you have such a 'discussion-presentation'. 

The conference is preceded by a one-day workshop on March 26 on “Multiple Imputation of Multilevel missing data in MICE" that is taught by professor Stef van Buuren and Gerko Vink (Utrecht University). As there are no computers available in the conference centre, all participants are requested to bring their own laptop computer to participate in the computer lab of the one-day workshop. On the 25th of March the fifth Mplus users meeting will be organized.

Deadlines for submitting an abstract: If you submit before 1st of December (2012), you will be notified on the 14th of December if your abstract is accepted. If you submit before 31st of January (2013), you will be notified on the 14th of February if your abstract is accepted. Best PhD Multilevel Presentation Award: The abstracts of five PhD students will be selected and these PhD students are invited to present their work in a special symposium. The best presentation will be awarded during the closing ceremony with the best 'PhD Multilevel Presentation Award' and he/she will get the conference fee reimbursed. A website with further information on abstract submission and registration can be found at .

With kind regards, Joop Hox, Peter van der Heijden, Mirjam Moerbeek, Rens van de Schoot
and Leoniek Wijngaards-de Meij (Utrecht University), and René Eijkemans (UMC Utrecht) 

Call for papers for 2012 Modern Modeling Methods ConferenceThe Modern Modeling Methods (M3) conference is an interdisciplinary conference designed to showcase the latest modeling methods and to present research related to these methodologies. The second annual M3 conference will be held May 22-23rd, 2012 (with a preconference on May 21st and a post conference on May 24th).  Keynote speakers for the 2012 conference include Donald Rubin, Peter Bentler, and Jack McArdle.We are currently soliciting both methodological research papers and papers that illustrate methodological techniques in the area of modeling, broadly defined. Papers related to multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, mixture modeling, and longitudinal modeling are especially encouraged.

Conference proposals for the Modern Modeling Methods conference may fall into one (or more) of four categories: Methodological Innovation, Methodological Application, Methodological Illustration, or Methodological Evaluation.  Methodological Innovation proposals introduce a new technique. Methodological evaluation proposals present the results of empirical research evaluating a methodology. Most often, these will involve simulation studies. Methodological Application proposals present the methods and results of a real research study in which the technique was used. Methodological Illustration proposals provide a pedagogical illustration of when and how to use the technique; these papers are designed to help the audience be able to implement the technique themselves. Methodological research proposals should be no longer than 1000 words and should include purpose, background, methods, results, discussion, and significance. Methodological illustration papers should be no longer than 1000 words and should include a description of the methodology to be illustrated as well as an outline of the paper/talk. All proposals should be submitted electronically at

Proposals for the 2012 conference are due January 5, 2012. Notifications of presentation status will be emailed by February 6, 2012. For more information about the modern modeling conference, see our website, .  If you have any questions about the conference, please email D. Betsy McCoach ( ). Past (M3) Conference

Location: University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education
Date: May 25th and 26th  2011

Atlantic Causal Inference Conference

Dates : May 20th and 21st 2010

Time : 9am-6pm

Location : NYU - Kimmel Center,  60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

Important Links:

11th Annual Northeast Political Methodology MeetingDate:  Friday, May 13th, 2011

Where: New York University

Registration Ends: Monday, May 9th  

Conference Website

Registration Form

11:30 - 12:30: Lunch
12:30 - 2:00: Kosuke Imai, Princeton University
"Statistical Analysis of Endorsement Experiments: Measuring Support for Militant Groups in Pakistan" (
2:15 - 3:45: Simon Jackman, Stanford University, Lynn Vavreck, UCLA"
HOW DOES OBAMA MATCH-UP?  Counterfactuals and the Role of Obama's Race in 2008"
4:00 - 5:30: Jeff Gill, Washington University, St. Louis, MO"Using Nonparametric Bayesian Modeling to Fight Terrorism"
5:30 - 6:30: Post Paper Discussion Event
6:45 Dinner for Speakers and Invited Faculty Guests