Mutual Obligations and Responsibilities of the Client and the Cosultant

Statistical consultancy*,

It is a joint action that in studies aimed at testing hypothesis based on observational and experimental data by determining statistical hypothesis and the most appropriate method to be used in testing these hypothesis, analyzing the data to be obtained in line with the research design that provides the assumptions and satisfying the measurement errors and estimation errors at the desired level, and evaluating the statistical validity of the findings. interpretation issues, with expert researchers, expert statisticians; are aware of their mutual responsibilities in their positions as clients and consultants.

The success of this joint action depends, first of all, on the adequate adoption of mutual responsibilities and obligations defined within the framework of international statistical professional values and ethical principles. Only then, the statistical consultant will help a scientific research reach its intended goals at the lowest cost, by distinguishing the important among the problems, designing a research in which information will be produced in the most efficient way, supervising every stage of the research, and seeing the deviations from the designed direction in a timely manner and taking measures to eliminate these deviations before it is too late. can make a very important contribution. 

Responsibilities and obligations of the Consultant

  1. Directing the client's thoughts on possible uses of the research results before deciding whether statistical research will include all of the observation units in the population or a sample,
  2. Summarizing one or more statistical plans, in the client's own language; explain what is meant by the framework, experimental condition, sample unit options, and possibilities,
  3. Let the client to know the potential difficulties with the definitions or the proposed research method.
  4. Warn the client not to aim for costly and unattainable levels of accuracy and precision that are not really necessary to reach complete and reliable results.
  5. To explain to the client that a joint effort does not require a joint responsibility,
  6. So that he does not realize too late that the research may achieve more than planned, that after the research is finished, or that certain information he expects from the study is not included in the research design; directing the client to fulfill their responsibilities in the design and implementation phases at the beginning of the work,
  7. Expressing the research problem in statistical form, with the client's consent,
  8. Establishing a logical participation of the statistician and client's mutual responsibilities,
  9. Explaining to the client the positive and negative aspects of various frameworks and possible sampling unit options, one or more suitable statistical plans to be prepared for sampling and experiments that are deemed feasible,
  10. With statistical theory, any objective inference that can be made from the results of a research will depend only on the population from which the sample is drawn, the methods of the study, the level of accuracy and sensitivity, and the type and size of the effort made for the study. and explaining the limits of statistical inferences to the client,
  11. To prevent the client from being disappointed during and after the research

 Responsibilities and obligations of the Client

  1. Deciding on the type of statistical information to be obtained and the methods of deriving information from the units selected for observation, such as testing, examination, investigation or interview,
  2. Confirming the adequacy of the proposed framework,
  3. Approving the statistician's probabilistic model regarding the scope and limits of statistical methods and statistical inferences,
  4. Designing the presentation formats of data such as graphs and charts,
  5. To decide the levels of statistical sensitivity and accuracy that will be appropriate in terms of the purpose of the research, skills, facilities, time and cost,
  6. Preparing the framework for the sample,
  7. Selecting the sample as described by the statistician,
  8. To carry out research-investigation, training-supervision of field or laboratory staff for this purpose,
  9. The rules of digitization of the data and the creation of a database for statistical analysis by digitizing according to these rules,
  10. Data processing, tabulation and necessary calculations in line with the estimation methods prescribed by the sampling plan,

and for similar work

  • make the necessary arrangements,
  • promptly notify of any deviations from the guidelines, allowing the statistician to propose either an unbiased correction or a rework;
  • keep a record of the work performed.

Consultant report

Research report includes

  1. The limitations of the research
  2. The aims of the research
  3. Sample or experimental design
  4. Sampling frame
  5. Statistical data collection process
  6. Characteristics of the data
  7. Information about missing observations and actions taken
  8. Statistical analysis methods
  9. Statistical analysis results

and generally reveals the statistical reliability of the research.

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