The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers methodology consultation and short workshops on quantitative and qualitative methods. These services are free for students, faculty, and other members of the UMass-Amherst research community. Our graduate student consultants are funded by the Graduate School at UMass-Amherst.
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Our consulting service is staffed by a team of advanced graduate students who provide consultation by appointment. The team also offers short courses in specific methods and data program packages. ISSR's Director of Research Methods Programs, Jessica Pearlman, is available for consulting appointments with faculty and graduate students, as well as to assist with the methods sections of grant proposals.
ISSR offers both in-person (in Machmer E27) and virtual consulting options.
ISSR offers private, customized fee-based consultations for faculty, nonprofit organizations and research-intensive companies. Fee-based consultation can be written into faculty grant proposals and is particularly appropriate for enhancing faculty grants.
ISSR also offers customized workshops for university courses and research teams.
To request fee-for-service consultations or a customized workshop, please email a description of your needs to Jessica Pearlman.