Based on the first RISIS project from 2014-2018, RISIS goes on given the high interest on RISIS datasets and their integration. RISIS2 has started in 2019 and provides ongoing access to the existing RISIS datasets:

RISIS2 Project Website

The SMS platform and the data store remain accessible:

SMS Platform

This project is funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme Grant Agreement n°313082
European Union
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Applications of multi-level models to research policy and higher education studies

January 8, 2015 @ 9:30 am - January 9, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

SCB organized by Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, CH



Course objectives

This multilevel short course is aimed at providing an introduction to multi-level modeling as a research method for RISIS researchers and give them the tools to apply the method to their work. The course in divided into a statistical teaching of the method as well as an guided application through a practical group exercise. The former part focuses on the rationale for multi-level modeling and how it can be applied to research in the field the higher education. The latter part allows for a hands-on guidance with using the technique with RISIS datasets and allows for participants apply it to different settings and discuss the interpretation of the results and its limitations.
Multilevel modeling gives researchers substantial leverage in overcoming the usual problems associated with either ignoring multiple levels of data or combining them.
The inherent structure of higher education and research policy data makes it well suited for multi-level modeling. For instance, researchers tend to be nested into laboratories within universities or in comparative analysis universities are nested into countries. In order to demonstrate the analytical value for the research policy field, the course will include demonstrations and practical exercises done with datasets available in RISIS.



Programme and contents

Day 1 – January 8, 2015
9:30-10:00 – Introduction
10:00-11:30 – Conceptual bases of Multilevel Modeling
11:30-12:30 – Applications of Multi-level Modeling in Research Policy and Higher Education
14:00-15:00 – Multilevel Modeling with STATA
15:00-15:30 – Introduction to Group Exercise and Group Planning Session
16.00 – 18.00 – First session group work

Day 2 – January 9, 2015
9:00-12:00 – Second session group work
13:00-15:00 – Group Presentations
15:00-16:00 – Closing Remarks and Recap


Audience targeted

The course aims at involving up to 15
participants among the following categories:

  • Senior scientist, early career researchers and PhD students at the last phase of their training
  • People from the policy making level wishing to extend their analytical capabilities
  • Research intermediaries (e.g. research association like Science Europe)


Requirements for participation

  • Basic working knowledge of STATA
  • Basic knoweldge of econometrics (statistical inference, linear regressions)


Organizational details

  • The course is free of charge
  • Venue of the trainees (travel and accommodation) will be covered only in case of researchers, early researchers and PhDs coming from European countries
  • No costs are covered for people not involved in research activities (i.e. people from intermediaries or policy level)
  • Participants will be selected on the basis of interest and CV
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent after the selection process is completed

Participants attending the course will be asked to send some preliminary questions about their experience with multi-level modelling and specific policy questions of interest to them.


Deadline for request participation

November 30, 2014


Local organizing committee

Dr. Anne-Marie Jeannet, Dr. Benedetto Lepori
Contact person: Dr. Anne-Marie Jeannet


January 8, 2015 @ 9:30 am
January 9, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
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Dr. Anne-Marie Jeannet


Università della Svizzera italiana
Via Buffi 13
Lugano, 6904 Switzerland
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