Statistical Consulting Services (SCS)
Here in the Statistical Consulting Services (SCS), it is our mission to support NIU administrators, faculty, and graduate students as well as outside clients in their research and professional work involving statistics.
The Statistical Consulting Services (SCS) is part of the NIU Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Our services include short-term statistical analyses, long-term collaborative research and assistance in preparation of research grant proposals.
Hands-on experience in statistical consulting provides practical experience and prepares students seeking jobs.
Our services result in research publications and successful completion of Master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations.
Short-Term Statistical Analyses
For students, researchers, faculty and administrators at NIU, we provide advice and assistance with short-term statistical analyses. This includes help with designing experiments, clinical trials, observational studies and surveys, as well as analyzing data and interpreting the results. You are especially encouraged to contact us early in your research, preferably at the design stage. The time typically required to complete a project varies from a few hours to several weeks.
Long-Term Collaborative Research
We seek to promote cross-disciplinary relationships and collaborative research between the faculty within the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and their counterparts working in other disciplines throughout the university. If you are engaged in a project that is suitable for collaborative research, please contact the director of the SCS at email@example.com.
Assistance in Preparation of Research Grant Proposals
We invite researchers preparing grant proposals to include statistical consulting and data analyses as items in research plans and budgets. The director of the SCS is available for help in preparing budget estimates and for advice in writing statistical sections of research proposals.
If you are seeking our advice on designs and analyses of your study, please bring the following:
- An abstract of your proposal and/or a clear statement of purpose for your project.
- A list of research questions you want to answer.
- Copies of relevant articles and earlier work on similar topics in your discipline.
If you are seeking our advice on data analyses or report writing after gathering your data, please bring the following in addition to the items above:
- A copy of the experimental protocol.
- A sample datasheet.
- An electronic copy of the complete data set (Microsoft Excel format is acceptable).
- Results of any preliminary analyses performed.
At this point, our resources permit us to perform data analyses using SAS, SPSS and R programming environments. We can also advise clients should they choose to perform their own statistical analyses using alternative software.
For the first meeting between clients and our SCS consultants, we charge a nominal $25 fee for NIU students and $50 for all others.
Clients are charged hourly fees for services beyond the first meeting. Our current fee schedule is as follows:
- Individual clients or clients from private entities are charged $55 per hour for work done by Ph.D. student consultants and $145 per hour for work done by the director.
- Clients from NIU, government or non-profit entities are charged $45 per hour for work done by Ph.D. student consultants and $120 per hour for work done by the director.
- Clients who are NIU students are charged $30 per hour.
Clients who engage in sponsored research are encouraged to include statistical consulting in their proposals. This can take the form of a direct-cost line item, a partial or full graduate assistantship, or partial funding of a faculty member.
If the project calls for a standard statistical design and analyses, then co-authorship with us is usually not appropriate. If the project involves nonstandard statistical techniques, then co-authorship is encouraged.
To schedule an appointment, please fill out the client request form. A consultant will contact you to schedule your first consulting session. We currently do not offer walk-in service.
Students need written permission from their thesis advisors before they contact the SCS. Have your advisor email their permission to firstname.lastname@example.org.