Impact was achieved through presentations of research and software demonstrations, journal articles, software documentation, regular updates on the CMM website and via email to users of our software and VLE and past workshop attendees.
Project research has been disseminated in over 60 presentations, including: various Royal Statistical Society meetings, the International Amsterdam Multilevel Conference, a symposium on panel data methods in Lisbon, a meeting on advances in family research in Groningen, the Social Research Association, conferences of the Americian Sociological Association and Modern Modeling Methods, Stata Users’ Group meeting, British Educational Research Association, Association for Educational Assessment, and international seminars (e.g. Cornell, Berkeley, Toronto, Queensland).
Leckie and Goldstein organised and participated in a 1.5 day research workshop (with ADMIN and cemmap) on Measuring School Effectiveness at the 2010 Methods Festival.
Presentations include awareness-raising overviews of multilevel modelling and other advanced methods, e.g. for the Advanced Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN), the Scottish Social Survey Network and ‘What Is?’ talks at Methods Festivals.
MLwiN is used in our training workshops and online modules. It is free to UK academics; others can download a training version that works with sample datasets. Technical support is provided to paying users, and others can send queries to the MLwiN user forum. There are also user forums for REALCOM and runmlwin. All software has extensive free documentation.
The LEMMA VLE was promoted among MLwiN users, Stata and R user groups, and our networks of UK and international quantitative researchers. This has led to individuals and organisations adding links to the VLE from their websites (e.g. Sage Methodspace, Andrew Gelman’s “Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference and Social Science” blog at Columbia, Judith Singer’s website at Harvard, Stata, AQMeN).