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Introduction to causal inference and directed acyclic graphs

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registration for this event will open in April 2021

Estimating causal effects in non-experimental data is a key aim of applied health and social science research. Unfortunately, it is also notoriously difficult. Contemporary causal inference methods, including directed acyclic graphs, promise to revolutionise the analysis and interpretation non-experimental data, not least by making our ambitions and assumptions far more explicit. This interactive session offers an friendly and non-technical introduction to the theory, practice, and benefits of contemporary causal inference methods and directed acyclic graphs. Particular focus will be given to considering how these methods can contribute towards more transparent and reproducible research.

Facilitated by Peter WG Tennant.

Learning objectives:

  • Appreciate ‘description’, ‘prediction’ and ‘causal inference’ as three distinct scientific tasks requiring distinct scientific methods
  • Understand the main features of causal directed acyclic graphs and how they can be used to plan and interpret causal analyses
  • Appreciate some of the challenges and implications of using directed acyclic graphs in applied research


Timetable (GMT+1 / BST):

14:00-14:45 – Introduction to causal inference and directed acyclic graphs

14:45-14:55 – Questions

15:00-15:05 – Break

15:05-15:45 – Directed acyclic graphs in practice

15:45-16:00 – Questions


June 10
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Online workshop