Get Started with the Stat Studio

  1. Read this webpage in its entirety.
  2. Complete a consultation request form in Qualtrics once per project (grant, dissertation, thesis, paper, etc.)
  3. Schedule an initial, “intake” appointment in Appointment Manager (send questions to statstudio@usu.edu)

Stat Studio Consultation Request

The purpose of this form is to provide the relevant background, research methods, and goals of the project to the Stat Studio consultants.  The consultants must learn enough about your specific project to effectively help with the design of the research or analysis of the data.  After filling out contact information, you will be asked to provide information that will help the consultant understand your research.  Include details focused on your hypothesis, what you have accomplished, and what you would like help with. 

Remember that the more information you provide, the better prepared your consultant will be to assist you.  You may email other relevant information, documents, and questions to StatStudio@usu.edu

Request a Consultation

Intake Appointment

important information for graduate students
Graduate Student Notice
All graduate students must be accompanied by their advisor, mentor, or committee chair during their initial intake meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to clarify the relevant background, research methods, and goals of the project.  Your Stat Studio consultant will review your previously submitted ‘Consultation Request Form’ with you and ask questions to ensure they have a clear overview of the project and your needs.  You can prepare for the initial meeting bringing a written list of questions and goals for the meeting.  You may also bring along additional documents and data summaries that may help your consultant better understand your project. 

Although consultants are often able to answer questions during your meeting, it is likely that you will need follow-up assistance. Towards the end of your meeting, your consultant will help you determine if and when additional appointments are necessary.  They will also be available to answer questions by telephone and email.  Graduate students off campus may complete their appointments via telephone or through Skype, FaceTime, or other video conferencing options.

Schedule an Intake Appointment

Data

Prior to providing any Stat Studio consultant with any electronic form of your data, please follow all IRB protocol.  This includes adding your consultants’ (including A-number and CITI certification expiration) to your protocol as co-investigators.  This should be done as an amendment in Protis.  Please email Janet Roberts or Temis Taylor or call 435-797-1821 with any questions.

Power Analysis and Sample Size Calculations

Frequently, Stat Studio consultants are asked to assist in conducting sample size estimations for IRB or grant applications purposes. For these situations, if the information is provided in advance, it may be possible to provide you with sample size calculations based on a variety of scenarios prior to the meeting, which will then be discussed further during the meeting. The sample sizes for more complicated designs are probably best discussed during the initial intake appointment. For basic designs the following information is useful in conducting an effective sample size analysis:

  • The precise details of the primary aim of the study
  • The effect size you are attempting to detect, i.e. what difference, change, rate, percent is practically important?
  • The standard deviations of the means if you are comparing groups
  • Any limitation on the number of subjects you will be able to recruit within the study time-scale

Authorship

We do not see providing services as an alternative to or a justification for not providing co-authorship on grant applications, presentations, or publications. We expect that in situations where the consultant makes substantive input to the design, analysis, or reporting of a project, this should be recognized by appropriate co-authorship of the deliverables that result. Ideally, this issue should be clarified at an early stage of any collaboration.

Prior to acknowledging our input to any report, abstract, paper, poster, or publication we would like to review the wording of the acknowledgment, and usually the document itself as well. This will avoid repetition of unfortunate situations where we have advised on a small part of a project, but acknowledgments have implied that other statistically flawed parts of a paper were also based on our advice.

Disclaimer

We expect to provide services to most or all clients who seek help, although it may depend on the availability of consultants.

Due to existing workloads and because there are many study designs and statistical techniques, it is possible that the consultant is not an expert in the appropriate area and/or cannot offer a complete solution to your problem within the time available. In such cases, we ask for your patience as the consultant may be able to provide further information at a later date if you wish the problem examined in more detail. However, we cannot guarantee that it will be possible to do this within your time-scale and further work is at the discretion of the consultant.

Frequently, we find that individuals believe that their data require a simple and straightforward analysis. However, from our experience we find that this may not necessarily be the correct or most appropriate analysis. Therefore, it is useful to have as much information about the study and problem as possible in order to determine the most appropriate analysis.