The SCS provides services to both government institutions and private/public companies. When working with groups external to the university, the SCS functions similarly to a private consulting firm.
Our process starts with getting your project to the right consultant. Since each of our consultants has unique areas of statistical expertise and different levels of experience in various areas of application, it's important for us to know a little bit about your project right away. Start by filling out our service request form, or, if you aren't sure you're ready for that step or are unsure how to answer some of the questions, feel free to give us a call. You can reach Barb Wohlever, our Business Manager, at (614) 292-1529.
Within 2 business days of receiving your request, you'll be contacted by the assigned consultant, who will set up an initial meeting. On all but the smallest projects (those with less than 5 hours of work in a full year), there is no charge for the initial meeting. During that meeting, the consultant will discuss the project with you to gain an understanding of the following:
- project background,
- the goals of the project,
- the role the consultant will play,
- the time and cost limitations of the project,
- and any other technical details.
From the consultant's perspective, the goal of this meeting is to collect enough information to write a scope of work and a cost proposal.
Next, you'll get a proposal from the consultant describing his understanding of the project, the technical details of the project, the projected cost, and the deliverables for the project. Most SCS work is billed on a dollar-per-hour basis with a not-to-exceed amount established in the proposal, but projects are occasionally set up on a fixed price basis.
Once you've approved the proposal and contract, we can get to work.
The rates charged by the SCS vary according to the individual performing the work. The following are our rates for external entities:
- Director and Senior Consultant (Ph.D.-level): $225/hour
- Junior Consultant (M.S.-level): $125/hour
- Business Manager: $75/hour
- Data Entry Specialist: $20/hour
For expert witness work, time spent providing testimony (both in court or in a deposition) is charged at the above rates plus $100/hour.