DATA COLLECTION, ANALYSIS, AND REPORTING
ACCESS personnel are well-versed in a range of methodological and statistical techniques and are available to help faculty with their research needs at all stages of the process. Please contact ACCESS to start a conversation about how we can help your next research project. Here’s a list of some of the many ways that ACCESS is able to help faculty:
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Consultations and Support
All research involving human participants requires prior approval or clearance with Penn State’s Office of Research Protections. ACCESS is available to assist faculty in navigating the IRB approval process at all stages and has checklists, templates, workshops, and one-on-one consulting available upon request.
Survey and Study Design and Implementation
ACCESS can help faculty design surveys and studies for their scholarly and/or creative works. From helping with conceptualizing the project, specific support in survey or evaluation design, or the implementation of the study for data collection, ACCESS can be a resource for faculty and committees.
Data Collection and Sampling Support
Faculty on campus may have research questions about people they want to investigate, but are uncertain or unable to get access to the samples they need to conduct their studies. ACCESS aims to support faculty in connecting their research with participants who are able and willing to engage in the research process, both locally and internationally.
Data Analysis and Reporting Consultation and Support
Maybe you’ve already collected your data but you need some consultation on how to analyze, display, and report your findings. ACCESS data consultation services can help faculty with all projects, big or small. Whether data analysis and reporting is for internal purposes (e.g., committee reports, program evaluations) or external ones (e.g., manuscripts, grants), ACCESS can help faculty turn their raw data into understandable conclusions by consulting on how to best analyze the data. If actual analysis is required, ACCESS can potentially be involved in that analysis as well, and is also able to be included as a subcontractor for such projects on grant applications.
Grant Writing Consultation and Support
While research active faculty often are well versed in the process of manuscript submission, grant writing is a procedure with which most faculty have less experience. How do you frame your research in terms of an active and robust research line? How do you highlight the advantages Penn State Abington has over large, more research focused institutions while also minimizing the disadvantages? Further, and perhaps where ACCESS can be of most help, virtually any granting agency or foundation is going to want some sort of evaluation at the end of the grant. ACCESS can conduct such evaluations and can be included as a Program Evaluator for such grant applications. ACCESS can help with these and other issues related to the grant writing process through workshops or one-on-one consultation.