Statistical Consulting Service

Do you need help with statistics in your research?

Graduate students with statistical expertise will be available for free consultations to help with questions about statistical analysis.  Consultants have expertise in a variety of statistical software, including R, Stata, SPSS and SAS.

For more information visit https://publish.illinois.edu/statsconsulting/statistical-consulting/

Simplifying HIPAA-Related Processes

A cross-campus working group collaboratively drafted questions to be used in faculty interviews to assess their sensitive data needs.  The working group also identified opportunities to improve the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, as it pertains to HIPAA, by populating the form with choices and reducing, if not eliminating, free-form text boxes.  Faculty welcomed the suggestion for simplifying the IRB form.

In an effort to finalize HIPAA-related workflows and processes, Applied Health Sciences identified a project that could be used as a sentinel effort.  AHS staff are currently working with NCSA staff to pilot the local HIPAA-compliant environment.  

Efforts are underway to build HIPAA-compliant environments in Amazon Web Services (AWS).  As necessary processes are defined for working with sensitive data in AWS, early adopters will be identified to pilot the new processes and environment.

The Social Media Macroscope

The Social Media Analytics team is moving forward with plans for a cross-campus partnership with Indiana University on the Social Media Macroscope. The Social Media Macroscope will provide researchers with one-stop access to tools to collect, analyze and store social data for research and reproducibility.

The team is working to collect tool requirements from researchers on both campuses in preparation for grant applications in the fall of 2017. A  Macroscope proof-of-concept is being planned and is expected to be operational by the end summer of 2017. If you would like to hear more about this project or provide input please contact at SocialMediaLab@illinois.edu