Friday, October 10, 2014

How to Get the Most from Your Statistics Professional

Here are a few tips for making the most of your hard-earned (or painfully borrowed) money when you hire a statistics or editing professional to help you with your project:

  • Communicate via brief emails when you can, phone if you must. Almost without exception, phone calls take more time than is necessary to answer brief questions. The emails are also a great reference when you need to prepare for a presentation or defense.
  • Once you have turned over your project for editing or statistics recommendations, stop working on it. Controlling document versions is a great way to make sure your professional doesn't have to backtrack or spend precious time integrating your work with theirs.
  • Answer questions quickly so the project doesn't lose momentum.
  • Make sure due dates for specific tasks are clearly delineated. If you are using Basecamp or something like it, put your deadlines on the project's calendar yourself and invite your consultant so they can see your expectations.