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Summer Student Guide

 

RESEARCH ANALYST SERVICES

Marjorie Postal is the School for Social Work Research Instructor and Analyst. She is available to assist M.S.W. students who choose to conduct a quantitative thesis. Specifically, she provides support in the following areas:

Instrument design

Marjorie is available to help students who are designing their own data collection instrument. This includes helping to identify any problems in how questions are asked, suggesting ways to ask the questions that will help in terms of data analysis, ensuring all hypotheses or research questions are addressed in the survey, and anticipating any coding issues that should be considered before the instrument is used. She can also help students who are setting up online surveys using Qualtrics. This help includes advice on designing the survey and instructions on downloading data for analysis.

Students are now being asked to use Qualtrics instead of Survey Monkey. Smith College has a licensing agreement with Qualtrics, so when students sign up for it, usage is free of charge. Also, it requires fewer steps for students and Marjorie for data to be ready for analysis.