StatSquared is committed to assisting students, academic professionals, and business professionals with research advice and data analysis needs. When you have questions, Dr. Williams has answers.
- What help can you give me on my thesis or dissertation?
- Can you help me write my dissertation?
- I am a student. Can you help me with my coursework?
- Can you provide tutoring for statistics or research class?
- Can you teach me how to use SPSS, or another data analysis program?
- I am a professor. How can you help with my research?
- If I use the results report that you provide in my manuscript, am I expected to include you as a co-author when my paper is published?
- How much time will it take to complete my analysis and written report?
- Can you guarantee your work?
- Can you conduct my research for me?
- How much can I expect to pay for your services?
- Do you subcontract portions of your work?
- Can you guarantee my data will be secure?
- Do you provide an estimate before you begin work?
- Do you require a deposit before you begin work?
- What type of payment do you accept?
What help can you give me on my thesis or dissertation?
Although your committee and chair are your primary resources for your thesis or dissertation work, I can help with certain specifics. I can help you get your hypothesis worded correctly so as to reflect the purpose of your study, and I can give advice about how much data you need to collect to adequately address your hypothesis. I can also analyze your data, interpret it, and provide a written report of the results.
Can you help me write my dissertation?
I am willing to provide feedback about the correctness of your methods/results section, but I cannot collaborate on the writing or write any portion of your dissertation for you. It would be prudent for you to secure permission from your committee chair before hiring me to guide you on writing your results section, but I am willing to help in this way if this is what you need.
I am a student. Can you help me with my coursework?
I cannot help you with coursework, but when you reach the point in your studies where you are ready to conduct your thesis or dissertation research, I will be glad to help at that time. If you have a research project that you must complete for course credit, I suggest you contact your professor for assistance.
Can you provide tutoring for statistics or research class?
I don’t provide tutoring, but you might find my blog posts helpful. Each week there will be a new post on a new topic concerning research and statistics.
Can you teach me how to use SPSS, or another data analysis program?
I currently don’t give instruction in SPSS or any other analysis programs.
I am a professor. How can you help with my research?
I can assist at any point along the way, from helping you decide on a research design, to helping you write a proper hypothesis, analyzing your data, interpreting your data, and providing a written results section for your manuscript. You decide how much assistance you need, and I will ensure you are happy with the results of my work.
If I use the results report that you provide in my manuscript, am I expected to include you as a co-author when my paper is published?
Co-authorship is nice, but not expected. Another alternative is acknowledgment of my contribution to your work. Some people will want to give acknowledgement in their manuscript, and others will decline. It is entirely your choice.
How much time will it take to complete my analysis and written report?
The length of time needed to analyze your data and write the final report will vary tremendously depending on the nature of the research project. Some people will have data that is already clean and only needs analysis, while others will have raw data that needs cleaning, coding, and scoring. Also, the complexity of the analysis influences the length of the results report, whether it needs tables and graphs, as well as the time needed to write. When we have our initial consultation, and I get an idea of what services you need, I will be much better able to give you a time-frame estimate and I will include this on your project estimate.
Can you guarantee your work?
My work is guaranteed to be accurate and appropriate for your data and your research situation, and if any problem or discrepancy is found I hope you will contact me about it. If needed, I will reassess your research situation and the work performed. If my reassessment reveals that a different analysis would be better, I will perform the new analysis and interpret the results at no additional charge to you. However, I cannot guarantee your results will be significant. The nature of research dictates that sometimes research results will not be significant, but this in no way diminishes the importance and validity of your research. Non-significant results are just as important in their own way as significant results.
Can you conduct my research for me?
I do provide research consulting and data analysis, but at this time I don’t provide research services. I am happy to consult with you about the proper procedures to follow so you can conduct your own research, but I don’t collect the data or write front sections of manuscripts (e.g. literature reviews, etc.). After you have collected your data, I am ready to clean, code, and score it, analyze it, interpret it, and then write the formal report for you.
How much can I expect to pay for your services?
The cost of completing your project will vary considerably depending on factors such as the services you request, the completeness of your data, the complexity of your analysis requirements, and the type of report you need. The initial consultation is free, and once we decide what your needs are I will be much better able to give you an estimate of what you can expect to pay for the services you need. Regardless, I will secure your approval for all charges before the work is performed.
Do you subcontract portions of your work?
No client’s work is ever performed by subcontractors. Your satisfaction is important to me, and I will personally complete all of your work from the initial consultation to data analysis and final report.
Can you guarantee my data will be secure?
Your data will always be securely stored on-site, and no one other than me will have access to your data files. Also, since I don’t use subcontractors or assistants, your data will never be viewed by anyone else, and will be either destroyed (if electronic) or returned to you once your project has been completed and your invoice paid.
Do you provide an estimate before you begin work?
Yes, all clients will be provided with a written estimate of expected work and the ensuing charges. Once you approve your estimate, you will sign it to acknowledge your agreement and return it to me. Once I receive it I will begin your work. If anything outside the general specifications of the estimate arise, I will contact you to secure your approval before I proceed. If the needed changes are major, I may request an additional signature of approval from you.
Do you require a deposit before you begin work?
A retainer fee of 20% of the estimate that you sign is expected before I begin work on your project. This fee ensures a mutual commitment to your work. Once the fee is received, it will be recorded in my client records for you and it will be deducted from what you owe when I have finished your project.
What type of payment do you accept?
I accept checks and money-orders, and these can be mailed to the physical address you’ll find on the contact page.