Applied Statistics and Public Policy Analysis Conference (ASPPAC)

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Charles Sturt University, 11–12 December 2014

Applied statistics play a vital role in the analysis and evaluation of public policies in various fields including social sciences, economics, health sciences and population studies.

This workshop promoted research collaborations and idea exchange between academics and researchers engaged in applied statistics and public policy research, computational statistics and data analysis methods, and established connections between researchers at tertiary institutions and those working in industry in Australasia. This strengthened connections between research, universities and industry in Australasia.

Topics covered included the role of applied statistics in the evaluation and advancement of public policy; applied statistics in fisheries management; the use statistics to guide policy and evaluate investment projects; aspects of statistics in measuring health and guiding health policy; and theoretical developments in Statistics of use to public policy analysis.

Professor Peter Davis gave an opening address that made the case for advancing public policy through the contributions of applied statisticians and social scientists. Professor You-Gan Wang and several of his students described research into the application of statistics to fisheries management and ecological sustainability. Professor Matthew Gray provided an overview of applied statistics and the evaluation of social policy, and Professor Laurie Brown linked the good health and disability policy through benchmarking for the future with various statistical measures. The final talk was given by Professor Cate D’Este on issues in evaluation of Public Health interventions. More technical talks were given by other speakers.

MathSciNet Classification
62D05, 62P10

Program structure

Web Links
http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~azrahman/ASPPAC2014/index.htmlhttp://csusap.csu.edu.au/~azrahman/ASPPAC2014/index.html

Other Sponsors
Charles Sturt University

Contact
Dr Azizur Rahman, Charles Sturt University
azrahman@csu.edu.au

Organisers

Professor Ken Russell, Charles Sturt University
Dr Azizur Rahman, Charles Sturt University
Dr Cathy Gong, Australian National University

Special presenters

Professor Peter Davis, The University of Auckland
Research interests: development of Statistical Methods, Policy Application within Social and Health Sciences
Professor Laurie Brown, University of Canberra
Research interests: health geography, modelling, microsimulation models, micro-data for investigation of policy issues
Professor Matthew Gray, Australian National University
Research interests: social and economic policy, work and family issues, labour economics, social capital and social inclusion, measuring well‑being, the economic consequences of divorce, child support, and social and economic policy development
Professor You-Gan Wang, The University of Queensland
Research interests: statistical methodology for correlated data analysis, robust inferences and model selection and statistical models and data analysis techniques for environmental statistics and natural resource management

Participant Summary

Attendees

NUMBER OF ATTENDEES

XX

  • Academic

    64%

  • Postdocs

    0%

  • Post Graduates

    28%

  • Students

    8%

  • Industry

    0%

Gender

Gender Breakdown

State Breakdown
Victoria
50%
Australian Capital Territory
50%
New South Wales
50%
Queensland
0%
South Australia
0%
Western Australia
0%
Tasmania
0%
Northern Territory
0%
International
0%
Citizenship Status
Domestic - 60%
50%
International - 40%
50%
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