Centre for Research Methods and Social Statistics

The goal of Centre for Research Methods (CRM) is to advance methods oriented applied and theoretical research and teaching in the social sciences. CRM promotes open data and open science as well as development of infrastructures for data. In addition, CRM aims at increasing the collaboration between researchers and methodology experts, with the goal of improving both applied research as well as methods research.

Operational responsibility of the CRM is at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The discipline of Social Statistics is part of the CRM. Social Statistics supports evidence-based decision making for the government, organizations and private companies. Applications range from pensions and health care to finance and social media. Questions of inequality between genders, regions or generations typically involve statistical analyses. Dynamic probabilistic modelling is a primary tool in analyses involving forecasting and risk management. Finland has an extensive system of administrative registers that provide high quality individual level data, dating back to as early as 18th century. These are complemented by survey data. New sources of data include the internet and social media. Social Statistics faculty at the University of Helsinki are distinguished in the handling of such data and as developers of new methods for their statistical analysis.

Mathematics and Statistics Master's Programme has four study tracks: mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and social statistics. Social Statistics (M.Soc.Sc.)  is a training program that provides the students the necessary research and data analysis skills to continue in PhD level studies as well as to work as statistical experts in research and statistics production. Students can specialize in two lines of study; general social statistics and official statistics. The official statistics line gives the students the European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) degree. Both lines have shared core components and include a minimum of 6 month paid training at Statistics Finland or other partner organization, as well as a strongly recommended international research visit.