WHO WE ARE
TStat is a small “niche” statistics IT company based in Sulmona in the heart of Abruzzo, created in 1999 as the Italian distributor of the world’s leading econometric, operational research and statistical software. During the past 23 years TStat has proudly represented Aptech Systems, Circle Systems, Lindo Systems, Mackichan Software, StataCorp, S&P Global and more recently Provalis Research in Italy, offering a rapidly evolving client base extensive software, econometric and statistical support. In 2020, TStat was appointed Stata Distributor for the southern eastern Mediterranean region.
During the last two decades, TStat has also evolved to become the market leader in Biostatics, Econometrics and Statistics training in Italy. Today, TStat is an important point of reference for researchers in both the private and public sector, needing to: acquire new analytical skills; study the latest econometrical or statistical developments in their field, or simply refresh their existing analytical “tool-box”. Each year our training portfolio offers academics, biostatisticians, medics, economists, market analysts, researchers and public health sector professionals in both Italy and the European Union, a comprehensive array of training initiatives ranging from one day workshop, intensive online courses, on-site training and residential summer schools.
Since 2016, TStat’s Training Division is also present at the European level, organising a series of both in-house and public attendance courses in Croatia, Germany and Slovenia. In response to the global health pandemic, we swiftly moved our training activities in a virtual online space ensuring that despite the array of travel restrictions imposed our users, researchers still had access to the necessary training opportunities in order to familiarise themselves with new statistical analysis techniques, keep up to date with recent developments in their field, or simply refresh or further their statistical software capabilities.
Data today, is omnipresent and has become an important source of information, not only for people working in research and development, but also for those in marketing, public health, politics, product development, and operational research. Effective data analysis, can however, be problematic for both companies and institutions alike. At TStat we strive to ensure that our clients are equipped with both the appropriate software and the necessary “skills/toolkit” to ensure they get the most out of their data. Our team of in-house experts work closely with clients to ensure they are provided with the appropriate advice and guidance, ranging from software selection to the provision of tailored, high quality econometric and statistical training courses to effective data analysis and statistical consultancy.
Good statistical training and consultancy requires not only a strong technical background in statistics, but excellent communication skills, together with business acumen. TStat’s consultancy group excels in all three of these areas, having obtained extensive experience in applying economic and statistical analysis to a wide range of research, commercial and industrial issues. Our in-house expertise in both training and consultancy, is complemented further via an extensive network of leading academics and business analysts, many of whom have attained significant experience in both the public and private sector.
TStat’s presence in both of these fields, statistical training and the distribution of statistical software, places us in the unique position of being able to offer integrated statistical support to all of our customers.
Over the past 19 years, TStat has evolved to become the market leader in Biostatical, Econometric and Statistical training in Italy. Today, TStat is an important point of reference for researchers in both the private and public sector, needing to: acquire new analytical skills; study the latest econometrical or statistical developments in their field, or simply refresh their existing analytical “tool-box”. Each year our training portfolio offers academics, biostatisticians, medics, economists, market analysts, researchers and public health sector professionals, a comprehensive array of training possibilities.
Our current training portfolio can be classified into three distinct categories:
introductory and advanced courses relating to the use of one of the statistical software which TStat distributes;
introductory/intermediate courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, econometrics, financial analysis, statistics and qualitative and quantitative text analysis; and
advanced “state of the art” courses in each of the aforementioned fields.
Our training initiatives are offered:
- via our training division TStat Training’s online virtual classroom portal;
- through bespoke on-site training packages; and
- via traditional public attendance courses scheduled throughout the year in Berlin, Frankfurt, Florence, Milan and Rome.
OUR TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
What differentiates TStat’s training courses from those of its competitors?
TStat’s courses are characterized by their theoretical and applied structure. Each course is composed of both a theoretical component (in which the techniques and underlying econometric biostatistics and statistic principles behind them are explained) and an applied (hands-on) segment, during which participants are given the opportunity to implement these techniques using real data and the latest statistical software under the watchful eye of the course tutor. Throughout the course, theoretical sessions are reinforced by case study examples, in which the course tutor discusses current research issues, highlighting potential pitfalls and the advantages of individual techniques. The intuition behind the choice and implementation of a specific technique is of the utmost importance. In this manner, course leaders are able to bridge the “often difficult” gap between abstract theoretical methodologies, and the practical issues one encounters when dealing with real data.
At the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to autonomously implement the theories and methodologies discussed in the course with the help of the software routines developed specifically for the course.
Should problems arise once delegates return to their workplace, post-training support is however offered. Attendees are also provided with a short- term course license for the software used during the training program to ensure continuity with respect to access to software upon their return to the workplace.
Over recent years we have experienced a significant increase in demand for our on-site training courses. In-house training by its very nature has the advantage that it offers clients:
- the opportunity to tailor course programs to their own individual needs;
- the possibility to schedule courses to suit individual workflow or team timetables; and
- the possibility to minimizes both travelling costs and time investment for course participants.
In addition to the courses listed under the Training Course option in the toolbar, TStat offers in-house training in the following fields; biostatistics, cluster analysis; data visualization, epidemiology, forecasting, missing data analysis, multilevel modelling; multivariate data analysis, qualitative and quantitative data/text analysis, analysis of spatial data, survey data; survival analysis, and time series analysis.
TSTAT’S TRAINING PARTNERS
TStat’s training partners are selected not only because of the first-class reputation they have attained in their respective fields, but also because of: a) their abilities to relay complex, sometimes abstract technical concepts into a clear, exhaustive manner for both academic and non-academic audiences; and b) their capacity to interact with participants in an animated and interactive manner.
Here at TStat we have chosen to support a mixture of grass root and international organizations, whose work has a significant impact on the communities in which they are involved in. To date we have focussed our support on the more fragile members of our society, the very young, women and the elderly, through a combination of: i) donations to non-profit organisations that seek to improve both the daily lives and the future of children, young people and women in conflict areas across the globe; and ii) support for research on issues such as child poverty and educational opportunities.
In recognition of the fact that education often holds the key to a brighter future, we continue to sponsor the participation of Ph.D, young researchers and medics in our economics and public health courses, summer schools and conferences organised throughout the year.
Since 2007, TStat, through Michela Papadia’s† Mexican Charity project, has provided annual support to the Fundaciòn Clara Moreno y Miramòn in Mexico City, which offers assistance and crucial support to girls between the ages of 5 and 18 at risk of becoming homeless.
INVESTIRE NEI GIOVANI RICERCATORI
TStat’s ‘Investing in Young Researchers‘ (Investire nei giovani ricercatori) in-house project focuses on increasing the accessibility of both doctoral students and young researchers to new applied biostatistical, econometrical or statistical techniques, through both:
- a series of Summer Schools and workshops for Economics, Social Sciences, Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health designed to offer an ideal combination of theoretical foundations and applied elements to young researchers at the beginning of their careers; and
- by sponsoring their participation in the courses and workshops in fields which we organize, which tend not to be covered in the student’s doctoral programs.
In choosing participants, priority is given to researchers working on gender, labour market, public health or poverty issues.
During the last 16 years, TStat has also offered support to UNICEF research centre in Florence through a series of donations updating their Stata software licences.
TStat has supported the work of Médecins sans Frontières, which offers medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare since 1916. In 2022, a year so strongly marked by conflicts and unacceptable acts of discrimination against women in different parts of the world, we shifted our attention to a number of gender specific MSF projects focusing, in the first instance, on their ‘Safe Childbirth‘ project, which distributes both medicine and equipment to enable women in conflict zones to have the chance to give birth safely.
In 2020, TStat committed to actively supporting the energizing work of the non-profit Foundation Albero della Vita’s Team in the Zen 2 areas of Palermo, offering financial support in the form of both food vouchers to families and school materials to the children of the Zen 2. In 2022, we are also proud to have supported their innovative ‘Crossing the Threshold‘ project, which offers invaluable professional support (in the form of job search and job application advice, the provision of clothing and transport to interviews) to mothers living in Zen 2.
Since the beginning of 2022, TStat has sponsored the innovative Adotta una Bolletta (Sponsor a Utility Bill) campaign organized by the Fondazione Montedomini and the Comune di Firenze. The Adotta una Bolletta program offers support to Florence’s elderly generation forced to live in precarious economic conditions and facing significant increases in their energy costs.
PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
Over recent years, we have also sponsored a number of public sector researchers, who have needed to follow one of our training initiatives in order to acquire a new statistical skill/tool set for a specific public health project, but have been unable to secure funding to do so.