Since 2001 I have assisted
businesses, hospitals, nonprofits, universities, attorneys, and Ph.D. students with quantitative
research and program evaluations. In Boston and eastern Massachusetts I meet with clients
face-to-face, and I also provide services
at a distance. One of my specialties is survey research -- creatively and resourcefully finding
ways to minimize bias, enhance validity, and shed light on attitudes and opinions.
By working closely with clients, listening carefully for their needs, I help them
refine their research
so as to best accomplish their goals. In addition to receiving expert technical advice and services, my clients come away
with a deeper understanding of research methods to inform future work.
For those with an already well-defined research plan, I provide technical assistance;
for those still shaping their research design, I can guide them through the process. I help weigh
factors such as
- cost vs. comprehensiveness
- long-term vs. short-term priorities
- keeping things simple vs. staying accountable to complexity.
I also help clients navigate and integrate different aspects of their research:
- design of experiments, surveys, and other studies
- development of valid and reliable measures
- power analysis (planning for the right sample size and desired precision)
- innovative sampling and weighting methods
- selection and most efficient use of software
- data collection
- data preprocessing
- data analysis
- interpretation of findings
- presentation through clear, informative text and sharp, lively data graphics.
In data analysis, I draw from a wide variety of methods in order to build insight into a topic. (See
Sample Research Questions.) Many past projects have been served by developing statistical models to explain or predict key
outcomes or to narrow down the likely range of results. For these projects I have often used multiple
linear regression, binary or multinomial logistic regression, or factor or cluster analysis. Some studies farther from the beaten track have called for Monte Carlo simulations, combining known
information with guessed-at parameters in order to produce the best estimates of a critical outcome.
As an independent consultant I have contributed to the following large-scale projects:
- Education –
- tying university enrollment patterns to student characteristics and financial aid outlays
- tracking the qualifications of special education personnel in private schools statewide
- assessing the links between staff retention and salaries
- comparing student achievement in charter schools and conventional public schools
- Health Care –
- identifying patients most at risk for hospital readmission
- explaining the incidence of surgical errors in different care environments
- understanding bullying among nurses and its implications for staff turnover
- Business –
- surveying a national audience to demarcate the US market for staff training
- devising a sampling plan to reduce corporate auditing expenses
- Law –
- researching gender equity in the professional status of 44,000 Massachusetts attorneys
On a smaller scale, I have helped attorneys prepare rebuttal of expert testimony; conducted analysis for a book on developmental
psychology; evaluated trainings in information technology for social workers; and contributed to
work in linguistics and archaeology.
provides in-depth descriptions of some past projects.
I have a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.Ed. from Boston College in Educational Research, Measurement,
and Evaluation. I have published about 25 papers on research methods, special education, hospital
patient outcomes, and other topics. I am a member of the
American Statistical Association and a past member of the
American Educational Research Association, for which I have reviewed research proposals. I also
peer-review manuscripts for the
Journal of College Student Retention.
In addition to freelance consulting, I have served as Senior Research Analyst and then Chief Research
ReInforced Care, Inc., helping hospitals to understand patient experiences post-discharge
and to achieve better health outcomes; Statistician/Researcher at the
Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Senior Research Associate at
Maguire Associates, Inc., developing
to support universities' enrollment and outreach efforts. I am an expert user of IBM SPSS software and proficient in the
open-source R program for statistical computing.
You can contact me at
I reply to most inquiries within 48 hours. My rates are competitive and negotiable, and my systems