Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

The CSDE Statistics Core offers statistical consulting to faculty, staff, and students studying demography and other social sciences.

We can facilitate demographic research by assisting CSDE affiliates throughout the research process:

  • Developing data collection strategies based on study design
  • Statistical analysis
  • Grant proposal and manuscript preparation

To make a statistical consulting appointment, use the following e-mail link to request
statistical services consultation.

Services

CSDE can provide data analysis, as time permits, for short-term projects of CSDE faculty affiliates. In addition, we can supervise graduate students or research staff doing data analysis. Staff are also available to have some of their time “bought out” to do longer-term data analysis on grant-funded projects.

Detailed listings of our services are below.

Here is a sample of some of the statistical services CSDE offers:

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  • Study design and planning
  • Choice and application of appropriate statistical methods
  • Interpretation and presentation of statistical results
  • Assistance with statistical software
  • Development of specialized statistical methods

CSDE can provide comprehensive grant-proposal support. For statistical grants, we can help with research conceptualization and design, perform preliminary and power analyses, and assist in writing the data-analysis section.

If you receive assistance from CSDE, we would appreciate you noting our partial support in the budget in order to help with the data management, data analysis, and/or statistical analyses of the research project.

For more information visit Grants and other services.

CSDE can assist you in creating visual displays of your data for both exploratory and presentation purposes. We can create a publication-quality graphic to your detailed specifications, and we can help you design one from the concept stage as well.

We would also like to acknowledge Chris Adolph’s excellent CSSS class, Visualizing Data, and recommend it to anyone interested in this topic.

Figure courtesy of William Lavely from his paper "Sex, Breastfeeding, and Marital Fertility in Pretransition China" in Population and Development Review.

Figure courtesy of William Lavely from his paper “Sex, Breastfeeding, and Marital Fertility in Pretransition China” in Population and Development Review.

Figure by David M. Schruth

Figure by David M. Schruth

Projects

CSDE statistical services support a variety of student, staff, and faculty-led research. Click below for more details on some recent research.

The Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program (FIPRP) conducts interdisciplinary research on the correlates and determinants of firearm injury and death, as well as outcomes related to firearm exposure.

CSDE has supported FIPRP’s research program by helping identify and procure relevant data sources, including restricted Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study data and National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data, identifying important research questions in the topic area, consulting on statistical methods, helping to develop grant applications, and writing research papers.

The COVID-19, Children, and Its Consequences (CCC) study is a multi-site survey of households’ experiences with COVID-19, focusing on children’s educational experiences and economic hardship.

CSDE has supported this study by conducting power analyses to determine sufficient sample sizes across race and socioeconomic status, helping to develop and implement a multilingual survey instrument in REDCap, and consulting on recruitment methods.

Other Resources

The purpose of CSSS is to galvanize collaborative research between social scientists and statisticians and to offer graduate statistics courses for students in the social sciences. In addition, CSSS offers statistical consulting.

CSSCR is a computer resource center providing facilities and support for social science departments at UW. The center is located on the sixth floor of Condon Hall, where there is a computer lab as well as graduate student consultants. The center offers many introductory courses in statistical software and maintains a large archive of social science data.