Whether your data analysis requirements are simple descriptive statistics or more complicated inferential statistics, only the analyses necessary to address your research questions or hypotheses will be conducted so you won’t be paying for anything extra that you don’t need.

Basic Descriptives

sample description, frequencies, means and standard deviations, and descriptive correlations

Describing your sample well is important for descriptive purposes but also to enable future researchers to replicate your work with as much accuracy as possible.  Based on information you provide, I will describe your sample in detail using frequencies, percentages, means and standard deviations, range, or any appropriate combination of these.  If you desire, I will also provide visual graphs.

The instruments you use for data collection should also be described well, both to give the readers of your manuscript a clear idea of how your data was collected, but also to provide enough detail for replication by future researchers.  Upon receiving the instrument information from you, I will score the instruments and provide total scores or means and standard deviations both in paragraph and tabular form.  Depending on your research purposes, I will also provide descriptive correlations for any or all variables, and any necessary tables depicting the relationships between variables.

Inferential Analyses

correlations, regressions, t-tests, analysis of variance, multivariate analysis of variance, and any variations of these or other analyses necessary to address research questions or hypotheses

After your sample and variables have been described and your instruments scored, inferential analyses will be conducted using the data you supply (except for strictly descriptive studies).   If you are probing the relationship between variables or groups of variables, correlations, canonical correlations, or regressions will be necessary.  If you are exploring group membership, other types of regression such as logistic regression or discriminant analysis may be relevant.  If you are investigating some type of group comparison, some form of t-test, analysis of variance, or multivariate analysis will be useful.  There are many types of analyses that I can implement, and many variations of each.  The most appropriate analyses will be utilized to address your research purposes and answer your research questions.

Report Writing

technical reports, narrative reports

Though data analysis is important, it is useless until it is interpreted accurately.  Knowing what the numbers say, and what they mean, is what will provide the answers to your research questions or decide whether you can reject your null hypothesis.  Once your data is analyzed, I will interpret the results for you and explain them to you in detail via a written report.  If you wish, I will write a proper results section for you that you can use as a guide for your dissertation results section or include in your manuscript for publication.  If you need a narrative report (more suitable for the non-technical reader), that will also be provided.

Proposal Editing and Guidance

methods chapters for proposals

Perhaps you have your research idea all planned out, your purpose defined, and your research questions/hypotheses in mind, and now it is time to write your proposal. You’ve been sailing along with your introduction and your literature review, but the methods chapter is giving you trouble and slowing you down. What should come first? How should it be arranged? What ordering of the various components would produce the best flow?

Sometimes the most difficult part of writing your dissertation or thesis proposal is getting your methods chapter (or in student lingo, your “chapter 3”) organized into a cohesive and informative document. Based on a description of your research purpose and research questions/hypotheses, and the writing you have completed thus far, I will organize and edit your methods chapter and help you to produce a manuscript that will not only be satisfactory to your committee, but will exceed their expectations. Then later, after your committee has given you the go-ahead and your data has been collected, I can help you again with your analysis and results write-up.

Grant Support

assistance for grant writers: methodology and statistical advice

Are you writing a grant proposal, but aren’t quite sure of the best design or analysis for your research project? Or maybe you’re just bogged down in your work and would benefit from having a statistician on board to help take care of the details of your grant project. Whatever your grant proposal and subsequent project needs may be, I can help you with planning your research design, analyzing your data, and writing up the final results.

General Consulting

hypothesis writing, methodology, research design, etc.

Sometimes, you’ll have your research all planned out, data collected, paper mostly written, and all you need is your data analyzed and interpreted.  But other times, all you may have is an idea in mind, or something you need to know, but you don’t yet have the research project planned out.  I can help you in either circumstance, or anywhere in between.  If you need help writing an appropriate hypothesis to address your research purposes, or if you need help planning the kind of data you need to collect, or how to go about collecting it, I can help.  Then, after you have collected your data I can work with you again to get it analyzed and interpreted.