The Health Statistics and Data Science (HSDS) Core at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON):
- Provides research design and data analysis support through collaboration and consultation for DUSON faculty, postdocs, and graduate
- Teaches graduate courses on research methods and
- Conducts methodological studies applicable to nursing and health research.
Evidence-based practice has become a common practice in healthcare. Scientific evidence often relies on strong data analysis. The HSDS Core can help DUSON's research community:
- Identify and develop appropriate statistical analysis and data analytic methods and approaches
- Disseminate knowledge about the use of advanced statistical analysis and machine learning within DUSON investigators to bolster strong grant proposals.
Collaboration vs. Consultation
Collaboration: It is usually formed through pre-award grant applications and funded projects. Biostatisticians, data scientists, and investigators work together as a team to make decisions regarding the design of studies, the collection and analysis of data, and the presentation and dissemination of research findings. Collaboration involves a long-term commitment to achieve goals set forth in a collaboration agreement early on. Investigators interested in statistical analysis or data analytic collaboration should submit a collaboration request form (accessible through CNR Research Tools).
Consultation: Biostatisticians and data scientists provide methodological advice and guidance to investigators interested in making decisions regarding the design of studies, the collection and analysis of data, and the presentation and dissemination of research findings. Investigators interested in methodological consultation should book a free consulting session offered by the Data Analysis Consulting Services.
Data Analysis Consulting Services
The Data Analysis Consulting Services (DACS) managed by the HSDS Core provides free ad-hoc consultation for DUSON faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in need of guidance in the following areas:
- Research design
- Questionnaire development
- Measurement validation
- Database design
- Data management
- Data analysis
- Statistical software programming
Office hours are Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You are welcome to reserve a one-hour virtual consulting session through this booking webpage.