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Statistical Consulting & Collaboration Services

Director: Krista J Gile

Statistical Consultation and Collaboration Services (SCCS) provides statistical consulting and collaboration to researchers at UMass, the Five Colleges, and elsewhere, through individual meetings and support for interdisciplinary research projects.

SCCS can help with all phases of statistical analysis. We can assist with:

  • Study design and analysis plans
  • Performing data analysis
  • Interpreting results
  • Preparing grants and publications

What we cannot offer: We generally do not provide manual entry of data into database or technical support with statistical software. We do not assist students with homework.

Request Services

To request services, please click on the link below to complete a short questionnaire describing your project.

Consultation request form

If you are unable to complete the online form, you can send us an email to with a brief description of your problem and your contact information. It is helpful if you could provide the following information:

  • Description of the variables to be measured
  • Research questions that you want to address using statistical methods
  • A sample of the data or a copy of the survey, if available
  • Papers about previous studies of a similar nature which might aid us in helping you, if available

Once we receive your information, a staff member will contact you to arrange an initial consultation, which is provided free of charge. This contact usually takes place within 2 days of receipt of your request


We are a self-funded center.  During the academic year, consulting is primarily provided by teams of supervising/teaching faculty and student consultants recieving course credit.   Our fees primarily pay for graduate student consultants over the summer.  We ask clients with funding available to pay for consulting to suppor our center.  We are usually able to work with researchers within their budgets, and are also happy to offer pro bono consulting as our capacity allows.

Our rates depend on the type of researcher and type of statistical collaborator.

Group A: from UMass, the Five Colleges, local governments, non-profits.
Group B: from external, for-profit entities.

Our hourly rates
  collaborating with
collaborating by Group A Group B
Graduate Student $50 $75
Faculty $150 $200

Spring 2018 Statistics for Social Science Reading Group

In spring 2018, in collaboration with the consulting centers at ISSR and CRF, SCCS will host a reading group on statistical methods for social science reserach.  Led by SCCS director-on-leave Krista Gile, this group will work together to deepen our collective understanding of the statistical foundations and more subtle features of methods of interest to social science researchers.  Topics will last from one to several weeks, and all are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as they like.