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Impact on Society
01 January 2003
Making advanced statistical software freely available to practitioners
Impact on Society
Rigorous policy evaluation requires advanced statistical techniques. IFS researchers have substantially reduced the barriers to using such techniques by developing software that implements them in Stata, a widely-used statistical package. The software that we developed is available free on the web, includes extensive help files, and is regularly updated to reflect advances in the literature. It has been downloaded over 8,000 times from the Stata website and has been used extensively outside the academic community, including by: UK government departments; the World Bank; the United Nations; and private sector researchers (e.g. Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals).