Ben Styles MA(Cantab) PGCE DPhil CStat

Research Director - Statistician
b.styles@nfer.ac.uk, +44 (0)1753 637386

Ben leads the NFER Education Trials Unit which is collectively responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) mostly funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. He is interested in the design and analysis of RCTs within an education research context, having co-written a guide for researchers and chapters in other books on the subject. In practice, quasi-experimental designs often have to be used and he also takes a lead role in the design and analysis of such evaluations, always remembering that the results are laced with caveats. Such techniques as propensity scoring and multi-level modelling are useful here. When not working on evaluation, Ben assists the large test development operation at NFER, contributing to the design and analysis of standardised tests.

Selected publications