The Summer School in Social Statistics, organized by the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Padova and by the Faculty of Education of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is a 3-day meeting where young scholars will deal with two main subjects: the analysis of longitudinal data on students’ careers, and the use of online surveys with their advantages and limitations.

The School is addressed to students taking a master’s degree in Statistical or Social Sciences, PhD students, post-docs and researchers of universities, public and private research institutions in the early stages of their career or willing to deepen their preparation in the two subjects above. In particular, the first topic concerns educational data. They are very important in order to understand how the school works in relation to the “whole society” and its changes over time. The topic of this short course is the analysis of student careers in Italy at high school and university. Two strands will be proposed: the first one is on the INVALSI data on the competences’ assessment of the high school students; the second one follows the directions: the university careers in terms of getting a degree or dropping out and the analysis of students’ mobility from the South of Italy to the Center North of Italy.

Regarding the second topic, researchers from different disciplines (political science, statistical methodology, demography, etc.) have started experimenting the use of online surveys to collect samples of respondents. The advantages are the global coverage and timeliness of the approach, but there are limitations in terms of representativeness, ethics, and so on. The COVID-19 pandemic has also put a limit to face-to-face surveys. During the school, experts in this field will present advantages, challenges and strategies to overcome limitations and problems of online surveys approaches. At the end of the school, the participants will familiarise with online surveys, their advantages and limitations, and will be then able to use data from online surveys taking into account and addressing all potential sources of bias.

The Summer School in Social Statistics is supported by the excellence program “Statistical Methods and models for complex data” of the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Padova and by the Faculty of Education of Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.


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