Saturday, May 26, 2018

Love, Hate, Use Anyways: The Limits, Utility, and Basics of Statistics


If William Bruce Cameron was right that “not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”, then three things are likely true:

  • statistics cannot answer all questions – so what are its limits?
  • statistics can answer some of what counts – so what are the uses?
  • some people may try to count things in problematic ways – so how do I know the statistics are appropriate and well done?

This workshop provides a tailored introduction to statistics for use in evaluation. Bring your questions, uses and concerns to unpack, and take home some summary resources to refer to and a few answers about what statistics can and cannot tell us, and how to look for good alignment in statistical design.

Learning Objectives:

  • to describe the limits of statistics and appropriate uses
  • to evaluate an evaluation design for alignment to determine good quality statistical use
  • to feel empowered in their ability to develop a draft statistical design


Carolyn Hoessler

Carolyn Hoessler has over 10 years experience in educational development. Recently joining Ryerson University as a curriculum development consultant. Her areas of specialty include curricular innovation, assessment of program outcomes, assessment of student learning, and SoTL research design. Her methodological background includes quantitative, qualitative and mixed method analyses that I bring to evaluating our work.


Schedule | Saturday, May 26 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Language | English

Level | Beginner

Prerequisites | N/A