Statistics and Methodology Support Unit

The Research Design and Statistics Consulting Lab (RDSCL) is a consulting resource open to University faculty, staff and students, as well as community partnerships. We offer consultation on a variety of aspects of the research process. We are designed to serve as an adjunct to individual academic departments within The University of Alabama. We offer a variety of services ranging from technical assistance in student or faculty projects to serving as statisticians and methodologists on grant and other proposal development. Students should be aware that our approach is to make this a learning process; therefore, we will work with you to assist you in understanding and learning how to analyze data, but we will not do it for you.

We encourage students and faculty to make use of ISSR consultation services in connection with their research endeavors. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact a member of our team.


We, along with other ISSR staff, provide consulting in an array of methods and statistical topics, such as

Research Design/Methods

  • Formulation of research questions
  • Survey and instrument design
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental methodology
  • Developmental research methods
  • Grant proposal development
  • Online research methods
  • Single case designs
  • Data management


  • Power analysis
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Basic parametric (e.g., ANOVA, regression) and non-parametric statistics
  • Mediation and moderation analysis
  • Structural equation modeling and path analysis
  • Factor analysis and associated scale development analyses
  • Cluster, discriminant functioning, and associated analyses
  • Inter-rater reliability
  • Data-driven approaches to qualitative coding

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