Open Consulting Hours*

Free for KU affiliated students, faculty and staff. This is a service funded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the KU Libraries.

Open Consulting is offered when school is in session.  Times vary with availability of staff. During the Fall and Spring semesters, hours are generally held Monday through Thursday afternoons, while during the Summer appointments are usually available Monday 10AM-12PM, Wednesday 2-3PM, and Thursday 10-11AM.

To Schedule an Appointment:

Choose an appointment time in our Google Calendar. This requires you to have a Google account. Time is allocated in 30 minute blocks. It is not allowed to sign up for a 1 hour long block. We hope you will visit, discuss your questions, then do some work on your own and schedule another appointment when new questions arise.

In Open Consulting, we can discuss all types of with statistical and methodological problems. We don't write code for clients, but we can review output and offer suggestions.  A separate fee-for-service framework is available through which clients can hire us to prepare code or conduct analysis. Please see the Project Consulting page.

The expertise of the consultants will vary from day to day; sometimes, we have experts available in Mplus, R, Stata, SAS, and so forth. Consultants will generally be able to answer "general framework" questions, while detailed questions may require us to do some research and get back with you with an answer.  In addition, please feel free to join the methods discussion list, kuant-l. Members are allowed to ask questions.

Open Consulting Hours are especially good for specific questions like:

  • What does this output from SAS mean to you?
  • If I have this data in Excel, can I open it in R?
  • Do you know what this error message means in Mplus?
  • Do you think my estimates "make sense"?  Do they shed light on my questions?
  • What does this "p" value mean?

We urge clients to make their questions as specific as possible.  We can't generally help with questions like "what is statistics?", but we try when we can.

There is no "limit" on the number of questions that a single person can ask (except in the sense that Open Consulting is available only for a regulated amount of time).  Please feel free to return at later a date for follow up questions.

  • Write down your questions and the methods you want to use. .
  • Where are you getting your data?  We highly recommend that you bring your computer or a jump-drive with your data.
  • Software - What programs are you using? 
*We prefer to discuss your questions in person. We need to see your example output and computer code.  We are aware of the fact that it is impossible for some people to attend Open Consulting in person. We can discuss your questions on the phone.  In the future, we would like to use video sessions (via Skype, otherwise), but the technical problems at the moment are too frustrating for most of the clients with whom we have tried to do this. We hope in the future this might improve.


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