Sam has been part of SSD since its inception in 2016. Given the importance and frequent misinterpretation of statistics, he is keen to ensure that results are presented in a clear and understandable manner, particularly through the use of graphics and maps. He does most of his analysis using the software packages R and QGIS. He is also an experienced user of various other packages such as SAS, SPSS, Minitab, Genstat, Stata and CSPro.
Before moving to SSD, Sam worked for the SSC at the University of Reading, providing consultancy and data analysis for projects in a wide range of fields. He was involved with M&E of several development projects funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and an agricultural research programme in Southern and Eastern Africa funded by the McKnight Foundation. He also took part in a variety of training courses targeted at audiences ranging from complete beginners to qualified statisticians.