Addressing the deficits in statistical thinking and data analysis skills across academia should be a priority, says RSS fellow Darren Dahly, principal statistician and senior lecturer in research methods at HRB Ireland Clinical Research Facility Cork. Here he explains why.
We see the impact of poor research methods everywhere around us. Reviews focusing on the appropriate use and reporting of research methods are almost universally depressing. Chalmers and Glasziou have opened our eyes to massive research waste. Ioannidis tells us that most research findings are false. Reproducibility, or lack thereof, is on many of our minds. And of course there is the late Doug Altman warning us of 'the scandal of poor medical research', way back in 1994. Had we only listened.