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Professor Harvey Goldstein

Professor Harvey Goldstein

Professor Harvey Goldstein
B.Sc.(Manc.), F.B.A.

Professor of Social Statistics

Area of research

Multilevel Modelling

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  • Statistical modelling techniques in the construction and analysis of educational tests. The implications of adopting such models have been explored in a series of papers since 1977. In a number of papers he has also explored the ideas of criterion referenced assessment, comparability of assessments and the interaction of assessment modes and the purposes of assessment.
  • The area of 'educational (school) effectiveness'. He has been involved in a number of longitudinal studies of 'value added indicators' for comparing institutions and the use of such indicators for school improvement purposes.
  • The Methodology of multilevel modelling. With Jon Rasbash and more recently including Fiona Steele, he has had research funding for this since 1986 and has been involved in the production of the widely used software package MLwiN and made a number of theoretical developments. The major text on multilevel modelling is his book 'Multilevel Statistical Models': (2003) London, Edward Arnold; New York, Halstead Press: a new edition is due in 2010.

Research Projects

  • Multilevel Multiprocess Models for Partnership and childbearing Event Histories (01/10/02 30/9/04 ESRC H33250044)
  • Missing data methodology for multilevel models (01/09/02 31/08/03 ESRC H333250047)
  • Applications and Understandings of Multilevel Modelling in the Social Sciences (10/01/99 28/02/03 ESRC R000238217)

For further details visit the Centre for Multilevel Modelling.


Harvey is a chartered statistician, has been editor of the Royal Statistical Society's Journal, Series A, a member of the Society's Council and was awarded the Society's Guy medal on silver in 1998.

He was elected a member of the International Statistical Institute in 1987, and a fellow of the British Academy in 1996.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University in 2001.

In 2007, he became a fellow of the Association for Educational Assessment, Europe.


  • statistical modelling
  • assessment models
  • education effectiveness
  • value added indicators
  • multilevel modelling


  • * ESRC Grants Board. * British Academy (Fellow). * Fellow of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe. * Council of Royal Statistical Society (honorary officer
  • Education).



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