AERA to Co-sponsor ASA Symposium on Statistical Inference
AERA to Co-sponsor ASA Symposium on Statistical Inference

August 2017

AERA, along with the American Psychological Association, is co-sponsoring the 2017 American Statistical Association (ASA) Symposium on Statistical Inference, October 11-13, in Bethesda, Md. The conference follows up on the ASA Statement on P-Values and Statistical Significance, which called for moving statistical analysis and evidence-based decision making beyond “bright line rules” toward a “post-p < 0.05 era.”

Although the problems identified in the statement have been known for several decades, previous expressions of concern and calls for action have not fostered broad improvements in practice. Recognizing this failure and seeking to move beyond the “Don’ts” highlighted by the ASA statement—the inappropriate interpretations and uses of p-values and significance tests—the Symposium on Statistical Inference will focus on the “Do’s.” Discussions will center on specific approaches for improving statistical practice as it intersects with conducting; using; and sponsoring, disseminating, and replicating research in the 21st century.

The symposium aims to drive change that leads to lasting improvements in statistical research, communicating and understanding uncertainty, and decision making. Teams of symposium attendees will develop papers, briefs, practice guides, and statements about a wide variety of topics to help researchers, research sponsors, journal editors and referees, regulators, educators, the media, and policy and other decision makers.

The symposium is open to all. Every attendee will have the opportunity to engage, either as a presenter or panelist or through other means, to provide input (e.g., during Q&A segments in each presentation or in writing to the organizers). For more information, click here