Statistical Consulting Services (SCS)

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Here in the Statistical Consulting Services (SCS), it is our mission to support administrators, faculty, graduate students of NIU and outside clients in their research and professional work involving statistics.

Service

The Statistical Consulting Services (SCS) is a part of NIU Division of Statistics. Our services include short-term statistical analyses, long-term collaborative research and assistance in preparation of research grant proposals.

Education

Hands-on experience in statistical consulting provides practical experience and prepares students seeking jobs.

Research

Our service results in research publications and successful completion of Master's theses and Ph.D.

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 Division of Statistics 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 statconsult@niu.edu.

Assistance in Preparation of Research Grant Proposals

We invite researchers preparing grant proposals to include statistical consulting and data -analyses as items in their research plans and their 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:
  • Abstract of your proposal and/or a clear statement of purpose of your project,
  • 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, in addition to the above items, please bring the following:

  • A copy of the experimental protocol,
  • A sample datasheet,
  • An electronic copy of the complete data set (Microsoft Excel format is acceptable) and
  • 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.

Initial Meeting

For the first meeting between clients and the SCS consultants, we charge a nominal $25 fee for NIU students and $50 for all others.

Extended Services

Clients are charged hourly fees for services beyond the first meeting. Our current fee schedule follows:

  • Individual clients or clients from private entities are charged $55 per hour for work done by PhD 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 PhD student consultants and $100 per hour for work done by the director
  • Clients who are NIU students are charged $30 per hour

Sponsored Research

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 faculty member.

Collaboration

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

Sample Projects

Appointments

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 statconsult@niu.edu.

Contact Us

Statistical Consulting Services
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
DuSable Hall 366
statconsult@niu.edu