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:
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.
- Create a Qualtrics account
- Log in to your Qualtrics account
Data file Creation and Analysis
Marjorie can help students re-code and score data as needed, and runs frequencies, descriptive statistics, and appropriate inferential statistical tests.
Marjorie can help interpret statistical results, and provide guidelines for writing up findings.
Marjorie's office is in Lilly Hall, Room 201. If you want to meet, there is a sign up sheet outside her office during the summer, or you can contact her by phone at 413-585-7975 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.