a Consulting Request
Our consulting activities are designed to work together to support statistics from
the inception of research to the final analysis of research results. We provide
expertise in all phases of research projects including planning, analysis, and reporting.
CSTAT offers two levels of consulting, basic and enhanced.
The focus of basic consulting is on building
the client’s capacity to apply statistical methods. Therefore, basic consulting
typically involves advising clients on research design (e.g., experimental or quasi-experimental
design, planning sample size or sampling designs, designing survey instruments,
or other data collection methods), selection and application of appropriate statistical
methods, and how to use software to perform their analyses. Occasionally, CSTAT
refers clients to other experts on campus who have specialized expertise relevant
to the clients’ needs. Clients may be referred to CSTAT Associates (individual faculty
experts in specific statistical methods who have an ongoing relationship with CSTAT),
other MSU faculty, or units on campus that can provide services that CSTAT does
Enhanced Consulting & Collaboration.
Projects move from basic to
enhanced consulting when they require continuous, deeper, or more creative involvement
of CSTAT consultants, or when they involve data management or data analysis by CSTAT
consultants. Such enhanced activities go beyond advising or instructing the clients
on how to conduct their research or data analysis. CSTAT staff may enter and manage
data to prepare them for use in analyses; analyze clients’ data; interpret the statistical
results; or prepare graphs and tables.
CSTAT consultants also collaborate with some clients
when the project requires enhanced consulting. Such collaboration might involve
co-authorship of conference presentations, papers or other types of publications
and scholarly products designed to communicate the findings to diverse audiences.
It may also include collaboration on grants and contracts, with CSTAT personnel
serving as key personnel, consultants, or co-investigators.
Who Are Our Clients
While most of our services are provided to faculty, graduate students, and staff
at MSU, we do welcome off-campus consulting clients.
CSTAT clients include researchers – mainly who are:
- Designing an experiment or survey
- Preparing grant applications
- Deciding which statistical software to use
- Planning or implementing statistical analysis
- Analyzing or interpreting results
- Documenting statistical results
- Responding to reviewers
- Looking for existing sources of systematic data
We do not charge typical MSU clients any fees for our basic
consulting services. Fees may apply when: (1) CSTAT personnel are engaged as co-investigators
or consultants on externally funded projects; (2) CSTAT personnel or Associates
provide enhanced consulting in the form of intensive or extensive services such
as grant writing, data analysis, collaboration, or report writing; or (3) the client
is not affiliated with MSU.
Fees are negotiated with the clients in advance for non-MSU clients or for providing
enhanced services to MSU-affiliated clients, based mainly on: (a) the expected amount
of consulting effort and the costs associated with employing different types of
consultants (graduate RA’s, academic specialists, or faculty); (b) other direct
costs (e.g., supplies and materials, transportation); and (c) administrative costs.
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