For many graduate students, data analysis—including methodology, statistical analysis, and data preparation—is the most intimidating part of the thesis-writing process. Our team of PhD-educated statisticians and research analysts can help you, step-by-step, through the process, by preparing your methodology, reviewing your results, and analysing your data.
Our clients are usually relieved to hear that our statisticians will not only run the analysis for them, but will also help to ensure they are able to understand and interpret the results.
Dr. Adrienne Dougherty
VP Statistics and Data Analysis
Our statisticians are proficient in a variety of advanced statistical methods and will use their experience to ensure you fully understand your analyses and that you are prepared to defend them. Our stats experts will provide you with the charts and graphs that you need for your dissertation and work with you one-on-one until you have a full understanding of the rationale, results, and implications of your data.
Our clients have diverse data analysis needs. Some students simply require one specific analysis to be conducted, while others require varying degrees of support in understanding and interpreting their analysis and results. We offer three different levels of service in order to meet the needs of our diverse clientele. If you are unsure as to which service you may need, please give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss your options with you.
Our Quantitative Data Analysis Options
The basic analysis option includes an analysis conducted on appropriately formatted data you provide. You will receive the results of the analysis as the outcome of this service option. The results will be the outputs of the software used to conduct the analysis (SPSS, SAS, R, Nvivo, AMOS, etc.) This option is for clients who have a complete understanding of the analysis they are requesting and the ability to understand the results without any assistance..
The standard analysis option includes all services provided in the basic analysis package, with the addition of a written report of your results, including all relevant tables and graphs as well as two hours of time with your statistician. Clients typically use these hours for phone consultations, in order to understand/determine which tests should be run and why, or to go over the results in detail and discuss their interpretation or implications for your research. Some of our clients choose to use this time for additional work requests, to annotate your results files with explanations, or for any combination of these activities.
Full Support Analysis
Our full support analysis option includes comprehensive support for the entire process of data analysis. Services include:
- A consultation with your statistician to plan and prepare for your data analysis
- Assistance developing the analysis plan for your project (statistical hypotheses, statistical methods, appropriate analytic techniques, and sample size justification)
- A thorough review of your methodology, instruments, and datasets
- Data importing and formatting
- Statistically analysing your data and producing concise written reports of the results with appropriate tables and graphs
- Utilizing statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, STATA, R, LISREL/AMOS/EQS for structural equation modeling and others.
- A consultation to help you interpret and report the analysis and results
- Troubleshooting issues with data that arise during the analyses
- Reviewing your results and interpretation
- Developmental editing of the clients’ method and results chapters
- Formatting your statistical results
- Helping you prepare for your defense
- Reviewing and interpreting committee feedback
- Feedback on the strength of your argument
Frequently Asked Questions About Data Analysis
What is data analysis?
Data analysis is a five step process. The first step is to define your question clearly. The second step is to determine how you are going to measure each component of your question. The third step is to locate data that meets your measurement definition and prepare it appropriately. The fourth step is to analyze your data using an analysis appropriate for your measurement definition and data. The fifth step is to interpret your results.
What parts of the data analysis process do you help with?
We can help with any or all of these steps! We’re happy to work through each of the five steps with you or to support you with any particular step as needed. It is important to realize, however, that all five steps work together to produce an end product that leads to a successful defense. For example, we can’t assist you with step three until the goals of steps one and two are accomplished.
I just want to finish my dissertation. Can I skip some steps?
Each step in the data analysis corresponds to underlying mathematical realities of statistical analysis. If any of the steps are omitted or incomplete, the final analysis will not work and you will not pass your defense.
My committee already approved my questions/data/analysis when I passed my proposal so I don’t have to worry about those anymore right?
We will make every effort to follow the plan of the proposal. It is important to remember though that it is a proposal! Information uncovered during the data analysis process may require altering the proposal. The mathematical realities of statistical analysis simply cannot be ignored.
How long does it take to finish an analysis?
It usually takes 5 business days from the time we complete step 3 until we deliver your results. Prior to completing step 3 our process may be more of a conversation as we will need input from you to define your questions, measurement, and data set clearly.
I just have a few questions that I need answered and then I will conduct my analysis myself. Can you help me with those?
Sure! We offer free consultations for up to 10 minutes with a Statistical Analysis expert on a phone call or via email. After that, our standard rate for consultation is £100 for the first hour, £90 for the second hour.
Discuss your project with a PhD-level statistical analyst
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