Data Cleaning and Management

Price: Starts at $125/hour

Assisting investigators with preparing data for statistical analyses

University of Southern California (USC)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
Goal: Get Help with Biostatistics and Research Design
Phase: Design A Study
Phase: Conduct A Study
Phase: Analyze Study Results

Service description

The SC CTSI team assists investigators with preparing their data for statistical analyses. This may include but is not limited to:

  • data preparation for analysis
  • advice on general data management
  • advice on choosing database platform/vendor/options
  • ensuring that optimal data are collected in a format that is easily analyzed
  • strategies to minimize missing data
  • verification/rectification of outlying data values
  • rectification of discordant data values (logical errors)

Benefits for users

The SC CTSI team supports efficient and accurate data collection and analysis to promote high quality of data collection and reporting of study results.

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The service is provided in the form of a consultation with an option to purchase additional services on a recharge basis. Investigators may be eligible for multiple categories of discount; maximum number of free hours per investigator per year is 15 hours.

Recharge rates: $125/hour after initial consultation * Free 1-hour initial consultation is included

  • Initial Consultation: (up to 1 hour): Free for any project based at USC, CHLA and affiliated SC CTSI institutions.
  • SC CTSI Pilot Funding Awardees: (up to 2 hours*): Any SC CTSI Pilot Funding Awardee can receive up to 2 hours free for work related to the funded project.
  • Junior Investigators: (up to 5 hours*): Junior Investigators, as defined by NIH and/or in an Assistant professor classification may receive up to 5 free hours of support per project.
  • K Awardees: (up to 15 hours annually*): All K awardees may receive up to 15 hours free in total annually for their K – related project based at USC, CHLA and affiliated SC CTSI institutions.
  • T Scholars: (up to 15 hours annually*): All T scholars may receive up to 15 hours free in total annually for their T – related project based at USC, CHLA and affiliated SC CTSI institutions.
  • Extramural Grant Planning: (up to 3 hours*): Researchers seeking support in the preparation of grants for submission within 6 months, may receive up to 3 free hours of services in support of the grant application. This includes consultation on issues related to:

    • Study/experimental design
    • Power/sample size
    • Randomization schema
    • Statistical analysis plan
    • Analysis/Interpretation of results
    • Data acquisition plan
    • Data cleaning and management
    • Data sharing plan
    • Other
  • PM516 Volunteers: (up to 5 hours* outside of class): Maximum of four PM516 Volunteers annually may receive up to 5 free hours each of services in support of the project volunteered to the class (in addition to student/class time). 

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Tooltip: Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)

REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application designed for rapidly developing databases and surveys for research studies.

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.