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We have extensive experience of working with clients in many and varied contexts. Many of our clients are based in the home counties, some further afield around the UK and some as far away as Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Here are some examples:

Case Study 1 Pharmaceutical

A draft manuscript describing a clinical trial was prepared by a pharmaceutical company for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. It is a requirement of the journal that, before submission, an independent biostatistician confirm the validity of the statistical analysis and associated conclusions.   The review revealed that the methods employed could be improved; the revised methodology was subsequently approved and the paper published.

Case Study 2 Medical

A research team was interested in perceptions of needs of those visiting and working in Intensive Care Units in hospitals in the USA. The needs of family members visiting critically-ill patients and those working in ICUs were collected. The data was analysed using hierarchical clustered analysis after checking for internal consistency and data quality control. The statistical analysis identified the factors that are very important in shaping the perceptions of visitors and workers.

Case Study 3 Survey

A consortium of institutions required sensitive information in what turned out to be a very large project involving a stratified sampling frame across a large number of sectors and wide geographical spread, indeed across the whole UK. The data involved measures both of behaviour and economic activity. The final analysis required the application of input-output economic analysis and resulted in the production of a statistic that became the established nationally-recognised value for economic activity in the area

Case Study 4 Medical

A UK-based medical study team investigated the adverse effects of breast cancer treatment on patients in relation to shoulder movement; multi-dimensional longitudinal data were collected, and various mixed model analyses conducted, to compare the effect of different treatments and identify significant risk factors.

Case Study 5 Scientific Research

A research establishment close to Oxford used very high technology tools to obtain a mass of precise data related to an economically very important process in a multi-disciplinary study that was funded by multinational companies. The data was analysed in a variety of ways to test its dynamic qualities but crucially including various tests for randomness.

Case Study 6 Psychology

Data were collected to determine the conditions under which human subjects would donate to charity.  Subjects were exposed to one of three experimental treatments and the treatment that resulted in highest offers from individuals was identified. The experiment was designed to be robust, counterbalanced across individuals and to allow for within-individual comparisons. These results can now be used in an applied context to increase charitable donations from the public.

Case Study 7 Medical

A major health study investigated the effects on impairment in mobility in multiple sclerosis patients in relation to oxygen consumption; various analyses of variance models were compared to determine the significance of interrelated factors.

Case Study 9 Animal Behaviour

A multi-disciplinary research establishment obtained a vast quantity of precise data on behaviour in free-ranging animals. The data was analysed to determine which of the several possible factors affected behaviour and survival to the greatest extent. These results could then be used to predict other animals' behaviour under similar circumstances.

Case Study 10 Local Authority

An investigation was carried out into the level of commitment to economic development policies and initiatives by District Councils in England and Wales; this employed cluster analysis and other classification techniques.

Case Study 11 Education

A study was undertaken to measure the relative factors of inefficiency in British Higher Education institutions; this was to help develop guidelines for policy making in the HE sector and developed a multi-product, highly non-linear cost function.

Case Study 12 Training

A  large multinational food company in Banbury employs a large number of technicians in quality control tasks. It was decided that rather than simply have them routinely follow predefined instructions and protocols, it would be of benefit for them to have some understanding of the statistical concepts underlying their procedures. A bespoke short course appropriate to their level of knowledge and skills was developed and delivered on site in a period of two hours spread over several weeks.

Case Study 13 Environmental

A UK research study was undertaken to investigate the possible relationship between the visual and aural presence of wind farms to house prices. Data was collected and analysed to determine the likely impact of the creation of wind farms on house prices.

Case Study 14 Training

A team of writers and editors, all graduates in the medical/life sciences, and working for an education/marketing company for healthcare professionals, requested a short course. The classes were to help them better understand aspects of medical statistics. The programme was held in London and structured around a list of specific questions/topics they had specified.

Case Study 15 Aviation

A leading company that provides solutions to problems related to the operation of several major world airlines required statistical analyses and modelling. The data varied widely and ranged from passenger characteristics and behaviour, inventory related to maintenance, timings for numerous flying activities (ground, boarding, de-boarding, taxiing), engine maintenance. Analysis of the data related to such areas as forecasting passenger flow, efficient maintenance scheduling and congestion avoidance was undertaken with methods of efficient ground-handling prescribed.

Case Study 16 Market Forecasting

A number of analytic tools, including questionnaires, were employed to develop models enabling a global integrated healthcare company to forecast the medical imaging markets in 20 countries and so predict market drivers and restraints.

Case Study 17 Development of Metrics for Charity Performance Comparison

Analysis undertaken of a number of development agencies, with a view to developing comparative performance metrics to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of organisations with similar mandates. The study revealed very different cost versus benefit returns and was also instrumental in revealing ongoing fraud in one of the organisations studied.

Case Study 18 Survey - Questionnaire Analysis

A large company required a comparative analysis (historical comparison and inter-departmental) of the levels of engagement of its employees potentially dependent on a number of factors. A multiple regression technique was applied to data on employee opinions and attitudes collected using questionnaire tools.


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