NEAR Center

The Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR) Center's purpose is to promote sound statistical, measurement, and research (e.g., Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods) methodology.

In addition the Center serves as a hands-on training program for graduate students in the Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods (QQPM) program.

The NEAR Center provides consulting services to:

  • University faculty and graduate students
  • Business and industry, government organizations, groups and individuals when considered appropriate for education and/or training of students.

Consulting projects are completed by graduate students under the supervision of the Director of the Center and supervising faculty members affiliated with the QQPM program.

Services

The NEAR Center provides guidance for quantitative projects regarding:

  • Setting up data files
  • Instrument development
  • Sampling procedures
  • Sample size
  • Choice of analysis procedures

The NEAR Center also provides guidance for qualitative and mixed methods projects regarding:

  • Selection of the qualitative or mixed methods design that best fits your research questions
  • Development of sampling plans and data collection protocols
  • Introduction to qualitative data analysis software (i.e., MAXQDA)
  • Preparation of data files for analysis by hand or with software
  • Development of data analysis and integration procedures

The NEAR Center performs the following functions for quantitative datasets:

  • Statistical analysis
  • Generate relevant output
  • Interpretation of the analysis

Services NOT provided:

  • Statistics, measurement, or qualitative research instruction
  • Proofreading manuscripts
  • Data entry or transcriptions of qualitative data (we can recommend people who do this type of work)
  • Research question formulation

Fees

  • College of Education and Human Sciences students and faculty - NO CHARGE
  • Students and Faculty within the University of Nebraska system: 1st hour free or any part thereof, $20 for each additional hour
  • Clients not affiliated with the University of Nebraska system: 1st hour free, $40 for each additional hour

Staff and Contact

Contact Information:
Phone: 402-472-2580
Fax: 402-472-8319 ATTN: NEAR Center

Quantitative Consultants:
Houston Lester
Grant Orley
Weldon Smith
Mike Zweifel

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Consultants:
Debbie Miller

Appointments

How do I make an appointment?
Clients are limited to 1 consultant hour per week.
  • This includes uploading data, running and debugging computer programs, phone consultations, etc.
  • Commuting clients may be provided more than 1 hour per week at the consultant’s discretion

No limits are placed on the number of research projects per client

What should you do prior to your appointment?
  • Email your consultant ahead of time to establish communication

What should you bring to your appointment?
  • A typed list of your research questions or hypotheses
  • A clean copy of your instrument or measures
  • A description of the target population of interest
  • If you have collected data already, bring a copy on a pendrive (PC or Macintosh)