Warner Institutes New Quantitative Consulting Services Initiative
New services designed to provide general assistance with quantitative methods and analysis to Warner School doctoral students have been instituted this month. The new initiative, called Quantitative Consulting Services, will be piloted during the remainder of the 2009-10 academic year.
Co-directed by Karen DeAngelis and Martin Lynch, both assistant professors at Warner, Quantitative Consulting Services was created to give doctoral students assistance with quantitative research tools that will ultimately help to support them in the dissertation research process.
Lynch states, “There has been a growing interest among doctoral students here to have access to more resources and support as they take on their own research interests and begin preparing for their dissertations, and quite a few students have expressed an interest in incorporating quantitative methods into their research.”
Education research is constantly changing and expectations around research methods is changing. DeAngelis also notes that the Warner School saw an opportunity to provide additional support to assist students in gaining further knowledge, skills, and confidence in using quantitative methods commonly used in education research. “The new services are designed to be an additional resource that extends beyond the classroom,” she adds.
Consultants, who are Warner doctoral students, are selected based on their proficiency with quantitative methods. They will have a solid understanding of topics covered in the introductory and advanced quantitative methods courses, as well as an ability to assist students with questions related to research design. Doctoral students, along with other Warner graduate students who are currently enrolled in quantitative research courses, are invited and encouraged to make an appointment with a consultant today.
During a typical session, a consultant can provide students with the strategies and guidance needed to address their quantitative research questions. Some of the services provided range from assistance with planning research methods for a dissertation, as well as assistance with research and survey design, to guidance with model selection, interpreting results, using computer-based software for analyses, and presenting results.
Beginning spring 2010, Quantitative Consulting Services will offer a series of free workshops that will cover a range of topics, including quantitative study design, data cleaning and management, and a refresher on using SPSS. All students at Warner are welcome to attend one or more of these workshops, which will be offered once a month during the fall and spring semesters.
To learn more about the Warner School’s Quantitative Consulting Services or to make an appointment, please visit www.rochester.edu/warner/studentservices/quantconsulting.