Interested Community Partners
We can advise and assist on a variety of statistical issues. If you are an organization that has statistical needs, we may be able to help!
"STATCOM fills such an important gap in data management and analysis for community-based organizations that may not have the time, resources, and/or expertise to engage in more sophisticated evidence-based decision-making. In my own work with an NGO in Bolivia, STATCOM is helping to guide our analysis and to determine additional ways we can make sense of the enormous amount of data we've collected."
Lesli Hoey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan
Frequently Asked Questions:
At the initial meeting with the client, team members and the client discuss the project. The faculty partner may also attend the initial meeting to help facilitate this discussion. The client is expected to explain the project and expected deliverables with the team in order to formulate questions that can be evaluated using statistical methods. At this meeting, it is important to clarify with the client what services STATCOM can and cannot provide. For example, it should be made clear that the students working on the project are volunteering their time and thus a reasonable timeline should be constructed. It should be emphasized that the client is entirely responsible for decision-making based on the results provided. STATCOM does not provide data collection and entry services. At this initial meeting, STATCOM informs the client of the confidentiality policy and discusses whether the client wishes to keep the project confidential or will allow STATCOM to share details about the project with others.
Once the STATCOM team that is working on the project is determined, the main point of contact for the client is the team leader. Prior to that point, the STATCOM leadership team works with the client to develop the initial stages of the project.
We are able to provide advice and assistance on a wide variety of statistical issues:
- Survey/sample design and analysis
- Graphical and statistical methods of summarizing and presenting data
- Interpretation of survey results
- Development of statistical models
- Trend analysis and more
STATCOM is able to assist in areas of study design, analysis, and the interpretation of results; however, we do not have the resources to assist in data collection and entry.