The initial consultation at the drop-in session is provided at no cost.
We will provide you with an ‘in-kind’ cost for our services.
Subsequent activities may be billed (at fair market rates). This will be negotiated depending on the complexity and amount of work required.
Faculty members are expected to maintain their own independent research programs. You may be asked to consider offering co-investigator status and co-authorships to faculty and students depending on their involvement and a potential match with the faculty member’s program of research.
Requests at the last minute before grant deadlines
Arriving with data in unanalyzable form
Excel spreadsheets are acceptable
Conventionally, variables are in columns and individuals are in rows
Avoid words (e.g. ‘male’, ‘female’), use numbers instead (0,1) for the values.
Create a codebook so everyone knows what each value and each variable means.
Minimize missing data, and provide a code (e.g. 99) to differentiate missing values from actual values
Collapsing your data prematurely.
If you assign cut-points to continuous data to create categories (e.g. ‘mild’, ‘moderate’, ‘severe’), keep the original data in an adjacent column.
Providing data with any patient identifiers (names, addresses, OHIP numbers)
In column 1, assign each individual a numeric Study ID that only you have the master list for.
We can help you respond to reviewers’ comments if we were involved in the original analysis plan on the grant or paper. Forensic re-analyses of something we are seeing for the first time is usually very difficult and sometimes impossible.