AMSI Public Lecture: 2010 AMSI/SSAI Lecturer Professor Denise Lievesley


The power of comparative data

Speaker: Professor Denise Lievesley, Kings College London

Time & Date: 18:00-19:00, Monday 20 December

Location: JH Michell Theatre, University of Melbourne


This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Prof. Lievesley is one of the UK’s leading social statisticians, who has campaigned for evidence to be used as the basis for the development of sound public policies within the UK and more widely.


Abstract: Denise will talk about the challenges of collecting cross-nationally comparable data and the arguments for doing so. She will describe different models of comparability ranging from the post hoc methods employed by international agencies (drawing on her experience in the UN) which aim to obtain globally comparative data through to surveys based on harmonized methodologies. One of the best examples of such a quality cross-national survey is the European Social survey (the ESS). The central aim of the ESS is to gather data about changing values, attitudes, attributes and behaviour patterns within European polities. Academically driven but designed to feed into key European policy debates, the ESS hopes to measure and explain how people’s social values, cultural norms and behaviour patterns are distributed, the way in which they differ within and between nations, and the direction and speed at which they are changing.