STATCOM (Statistics in the Community) at the University of Michigan is a community outreach program provided by graduate students in the Departments of Biostatistics, Statistics, and the Program for Survey Methodology at University of Michigan. The program offers the expertise of statistics graduate students, free of charge, to non-profit governmental and community organizations in the areas of data organization, analysis, and interpretation.
Services Provided by STATCOM
Advice and assistance are offered on a wide variety of statistical issues including:
- Use of data to improve decision making processes
- Survey/sample design and analysis
- Design and analysis of studies and experiments
- Graphical methods of summarizing and gaining meaning from data
- Use of data to detect trends and make predictions and projections.
STATCOM is able to assist with study design, data analysis, and the interpretation of results, but does not have the resources to collect or enter data.
About our Volunteers
Our volunteers are students who are interested in serving the community through statistical consulting projects. Our volunteers are mainly comprised of graduate students in the Department of Biostatistics (M.S. and Ph.D.). Students in other departments (e.g., Statistics, Survey Methodology) are also members of STATCOM. Faculty members serve an advisory role in STATCOM, providing leadership, assistance with client meetings, and statistical consulting advice as needed, especially in initial consultations. However, projects are conducted and led by our student volunteers.
"It's been incredibly beneficial having highly trained and knowledgeable STATCOM representatives help us analyze our data on recent graduate outcomes. They helped us get to the 'aha' moment of understanding the story about what the data was telling us. I am so thankful for the help I received at STATCOM."
Director of Career Development, School of Public Health