Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Lab

Remote Appointments

Until further notice, all consultations with QQDAL graduate assistants will be remote. Please contact the lab assistants to schedule a remote appointment.

Located in 519 Baldy Hall, the Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Lab (QQDAL) offers free assistance with issues related to quantitative and qualitative research design, data analysis and measurement/classification. The following software packages are housed in the lab: Atlas.ti, HLM, HyperResearch, LISREL, MPlus, nVivo, R, SAS, SPSS, Stata and Winsteps. Graduate assistants are available for consultation on the use of these packages.

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Who can use the lab?

Students, faculty and staff within the Graduate School of Education seeking help with course assignments and research projects are encouraged to make use of the lab.

No appointment is necessary during walk-in hours. Lab (graduate) assistants may also be available by appointment (contact via email below). Consultations are available during lab hours either face-to-face or via Webex, if necessary. Contact the relevant graduate assistant to schedule a time to meet.

Contact

QQDAL Office Phone Lab Director Lab Assistants

716-645-4052

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Finn
finn@buffalo.edu

Lois Weis
weis@buffalo.edu

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Quantitative: Joseph Jaeger
jajaeger@buffalo.edu

Qualitative: Lei Zhu
lzhu9@buffalo.edu

 

Spring 2021 Lab Hours

Day Quantitative Lab
(Joseph Jaeger)    
Qualitative Lab
(Lei Zhu)                           
Monday   12 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 12 – 3 p.m. 3 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 12 – 3 p.m.  
Thursday 2 – 6 p.m. 12 – 3 p.m.

Fall 2020 Lab Hours

Day Quantitative Lab
(Joseph Jaeger)    
Qualitative Lab
(Lei Zhu)                           
Tuesday 12 – 3 p.m. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday 12 – 3 p.m. 2 – 6 p.m.
Thursday 2 – 6 p.m. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

QQDAL is closed on all days that UB classes are not in session.

QQDAL will reopen for Spring 2021 on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

Quantitative

Quantitative Research Consultations

d88尊龙|首页The following are topics that are often covered:

  • explaining statistical concepts and procedures
  • assistance with homework or assignments
  • assistance with manual or computer calculations
  • helping with collecting, analyzing and interpreting data
  • assistance in statistical research and evaluation design
  • answering questions regarding SPSS or other statistical analysis software

If you are seeking advice on writing a dissertation or master's thesis, please coordinate your work in the lab with your supervising faculty.

Quantitative Research and Data Analysis Resources

Do you have questions about the data analysis or research process with regard to quantitative research? Look below for a collection of useful resources for University at Buffalo students.

Basic Statistics

Statistical Formulas

  • Stat Trek:

Publicly Available Data

  • data repository containing data, codebooks, syntax and technical documentation for a host of international surveys, including the TIMSS and PIRLS studies
  • : data repository containing datasets, codebooks, syntax and technical documentation for the TALIS survey, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • : data repository containing datasets, codebooks and technical documentation for the international PISA survey, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • : data repository containing datasets, codebook and syntax files for large-scale, longitudinal education surveys
  • : data repository containing more than 500,000 digital files on various social and political issues
  • : tools to find publicly available information and data for colleges, school districts, schools and libraries
  • : links to national and international education-related data collected by the United States government
  • : data repository for international datasets pertaining to various development topics, from agriculture to education
  • : sociological survey used to collect data on demographic characteristics and attitudes of residents of the United States beginning in 1972
  • : database containing raw data on education, literacy, science and technology, culture and communication for more than 200 countries and territories
  • : data repository for substance abuse and mental health research data

Designing a Study

Existing Surveys/Instruments

  • : database of more than 25,000 tests and other measurement devices, most of which were created by authors outside of ETS
  • : validity and reliability information on over 3,500 commercially available tests
  • : listing of instruments in the public domain, capturing 100+ constructs

Sample Size Calculation and Power Analysis

  • Free Tool: (can use online)
  • UCLA Seminar:

Types of Analysis

  • UCLA: (And how do I do them in SAS, Stata, or SPSS?)
  • Online Statistical Analysis Resources – To learn about types of analysis, from t-tests to discriminant function analysis
    • - introduction to basic statistical analysis for experimental and quasi-experimental research design and program evaluation
    • - introduction to inferential statistics and theory
    • - comprehensive resource providing advanced theoretical and conceptual information for most types of analysis
    • - comprehensive resource providing conceptual and applied information for most types of analysis

Other Topics

  • Validity and Reliability
    • Columbia University:
  • Mediator vs. Moderator
    • Social Psychology Professor, David Kenny:
    • Social Psychology Professor, David Kenny:
  • Missing Data
    • A simple answer:
    • A more in-depth explanation (can access online via UB library):
    • Missing data in SPSS, defaults and manipulation:
  • Outliers, Normal Distribution, Multicollinearity, Etc. – Testing underlying assumptions of a statistical test
    • StatNotes:

Conducting Data Analysis

Data Analysis/Management Software

  • Free Programs
    • (for analyzing complex samples)
    •  (for structural equation modeling) - student edition
    • (for hierarchical linear modeling) - student edition
    • (for structural equation modeling) - student version
  • Web pages that perform statistical calculations
Locations SPSS SAS R
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* GSE Lab Classrooms — not open for public use. All GSE graduate students may request access.
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Data Analysis Software Tutorials

  • UCLA: – Covers: Stata, SAS, SPSS, Mplus and Latent Variable Analysis, R, SUDAN, Latent GOLD, Statistica, Mplus, HLM and Power Analysis

Writing a Quantitative Research Paper

6th Edition of the APA (American Psychological Association) Style Guide:

  • Purdue OWL:
  • Dr. Kahn, Illinois State University: Sample APA Paper
  • APA Style Guide:

Managing References:

  • Endnote: Commercial reference management software package designed to manage bibliographies and references. as a free download for UB students and faculty.
  • : An online tool that creates appropriate in-text and bibliographic citations in MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago styles.

Qualitative

Qualitative Research Consultations

Consultations are available during ab hours either face-to-face or via Webex, if necessary. Contact the relevant graduate assistant to schedule a time to meet.

The following are topics that are often covered:

Problem Formulation

As per AERA (American Educational Research Association) standards, the statement of the problem must “provide a clear statement of the purpose and scope of the study” (Standards for Reporting on Empirical Social Science Research in AERA Publications, Educational Researcher, 2006, p. 34), make clear the theoretical underpinnings of the study, include a review of relevant scholarly literature, and include a rationale for the population or populations of interest.

Designing a Study

The design of the study follows logically from the description of the research problem. Even within the broad category “qualitative investigation,” purposes and designs differ markedly, in accordance with the research problem. Whatever the design, it must be clearly and logically articulated from beginning to end.

Collecting Qualitative Data

Data are collected in accordance with the design of the study. Investigators need to make clear the research process so that later investigators can engage follow-up studies and multi-site investigations. Data collection techniques include: participant observation, observational inventories, structured or semi-structured interviews, focus group interviews, collection of artifacts, among others. In all cases, the ways in which data were collected must be carefully described, “including how and when they were gathered, by whom, and for what purpose” (Educational Researcher, 2006, p. 35).

Classification of Qualitative Data

Classification schemata should be clearly described, including how they were arrived at and how they were used to code data. When reporting out a classificatory scheme, concrete examples of data that support codes should be provided.

Analysis and Interpretation

The purpose of analysis is to come to conclusions, on the basis of evidence, about the data at hand. All analytic techniques should be explained in notable detail and evidence for each claim should be described. Investigators should pay attention to data that do not support otherwise warranted claims — in other words, investigators should pay attention to disconfirming evidence and report these data out, as relevant.

The lab assistant can provide guidance on using qualitative data analysis software packages, for example, HyperRESEARCH and ATLAS.ti, to analyze data. With data analysis software, a researcher can code and run analyses on large amounts of data, aiding in the analysis, interpretation and writing up of the findings.

Qualitative Research and Data Analysis Resources

Do you have questions about the data analysis or research process with regard to qualitative research? Look below for a collection of useful resources for University at Buffalo students.

Designing a Study

American Educational Research Association. (2006). Standards for reporting on empirical social science research in AERA publications. Educational Researcher, 35d88尊龙|首页(6), 33-40.

Bogdan, R. S., & Biklen, S. K. (2007). Qualitative research for education: An introduction to theories and methods (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson A & B.

Glesne, C. (2011). Becoming qualitative researchers: An introduction (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Emerson, R. M., Fretz, R. I., & Shaw, L. L. (2011). Writing ethnographic fieldnotes. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Merriam, S. B., & Tisdell, E. J. (2016). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Yin, R. K. (2014). Case study research: Design and methods (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Conducting Data Analysis

Data Analysis/Management Software

d88尊龙|首页ATLAS.ti, HyperRESEARCH, and NVivo are installed in the QQDAL. Other analysis/management packages include: Dedoose (a cloud-based service, available at ); MAXQDA.

Below is the student license cost for each software package. These prices are current as of July 2019. Please click on the software title for the most recent student license prices.


License type - ATLAS.TI PC + MAC; License Cost - $99/$51; License Lengthd88尊龙|首页 - 2 years/6 months


License type - HyperResearch; License Cost - $199; License Length - Perpetual


License type - NVivo 12 Pro; License Cost - $99; License Length - 2 years

Data Analysis Software Tutorials

 – ATLAS.ti offers introductory video tutorials on the overview of the software and how to get started with ATLAS.ti.

 – “This video shows how to structure a project for collaboration. It also describes the merging process.”

d88尊龙|首页 – HyperRESEARCH offers tutorials on working with various forms of data, including texts, graphic, video and audio.

– NVivo presents webinars, tutorials and blogs to help users learn how to use this software for qualitative data analysis.

 – Resources and tips on choosing and using software for qualitative research. Covers: ATLAS.ti, NVivo, MAXQDA, Dedoose.

 – An overview of common functions of CAQDAS packages. Detailed reviews of ATLAS.ti, HyperRESEARCH, Dedoose, NVivo, MAXQDA and several other CAQDAS packages.

d88尊龙|首页 – NYU presents an introduction to ATLAS.ti; transferring data from ATLAS.ti 7 to ATLAS.ti 8; and setting up team projects.

 – This tutorial focuses on the overview of ATLAS.ti, coding, generating queries and analyzing survey data.

d88尊龙|首页 – UBC organizes workshops on getting started with NVivo. They post tutorials on both MAC and PC.

Data Analysis Training and Support

Resources for Qualitative Research Methods

– Managed by Professor Kathy Roulston at the University of Georgia. QualPage collects resources about qualitative research. The website gathers a variety of information including but not limited to: ethics and qualitative research, qualitative research design, qualitative data analysis and writing up qualitative research. It also lists digital tools for transcription, data analysis and concept mapping.

 – “The Qualitative Methods Master Class Webinar Series is an online colloquium on doing and using qualitative research. Connect to participate in presentations from internationally renowned qualitative researchers – learn about the latest innovations in methods and exchange ideas about your research with researchers from all over the world.”

 – This series of podcasts invites scholars to talk about their qualitative works.

 – Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at UW-Madison presents quarterly workshops on qualitative and mixed methods research. Videos of these workshops are available online, covering topics such as an overview of qualitative research methods, focus groups, qualitative data analysis, and writing and publishing qualitative research.

 – This website was developed as a guideline project for researchers developing, evaluating and engaging in qualitative research projects in healthcare settings. The guidelines introduce a wide range of qualitative research methods and analytic approaches, and identifies criteria for evaluation.

Resources for Transcription

 – UCLA gathers publications, tutorials and software on transcribing qualitative data.

d88尊龙|首页 – This toolkit advises on how to plan properly for transcribing qualitative data. It provides an EXCEL calculator to estimate transcribing time.

 – This webpage offers tips on generating transcripts of good quality, and planning format/template for transcription.

Resources for Coding and Analysis

 – This is a series of five short videos on coding. It explains coding, why researchers code and the coding cycles.

 – D-lab at UC Berkeley organizes various workshops on qualitative research analysis, including topics on introduction to qualitative research, coding, and coding to conclusion. Though these workshops were presented in person, D-lab posts materials that summarize what is covered in each workshop.

 – This webpage gives advice on collaboration in qualitative research with the assistance of CAQDAS packages. It presents general protocols for data collection, analysis and data outputs in group qualitative projects.

Resources for Archived Qualitative Data

Corti, L., Fielding, N., & Bishop, L. 2016. Editorial for Special Edition, Digital Representations: Re-using and Publishing Digital Qualitative Data. SAGE Open, 6(4): 1-3.

 – “QDR curates, stores, preserves, publishes, and enables the download of digital data generated through qualitative and multi-method research in the social sciences. The repository develops and disseminates guidance for managing, sharing, citing, and reusing qualitative data, and contributes to the generation of common standards for doing so.”

d88尊龙|首页 – UK Data Service provides fully anonymized quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods data.

Writing a Qualitative Research Paper

6th Edition of the APA (American Psychological Association) Style Guide:

  • Purdue OWL:
  • Dr. Kahn, Illinois State University:
  • APA Style Guide:

Managing References:

  • Endnote: Commercial reference management software package designed to manage bibliographies and references. Available from the library as a free download for UB students and faculty.
  • : An online tool that creates appropriate in-text and bibliographic citations in MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago styles.
  • : A tool that helps you collect and organize your citation information.

If you are seeking advice on writing a dissertation or master's thesis, please coordinate your work in the lab with your supervising faculty. You should additionally make use of the , 209 Baldy Hall, when writing a dissertation or master's thesis. You need to make appointments directly with individuals in the center. Be sure to plan ahead to have enough lead-time to complete your work.