A research protocol should provide information about the statistical considerations that are posed as questions below.
- What are the research aims of this study?
- What are the details and key features of the study design ?
- For what variables will measurements be recorded?
- What are the details of your plans for statistical analysis of the data?
- What statistical methods will be used?
- Who will perform and interpret the statistical computations for data analyses?
- What were the primary considerations in choosing the proposed sample size?
- What are the plans for data entry, quality assurance and research database management?
- How likely is it that the study will achieve each of its aims?
Biostatistical online educational resources
Hypothesis Testing and Sample Size Calculation
A PowerPoint presentation by Po Chyou, Ph.D., Director of MCRI Biostatics and Bioinformatics Core. The presentation presents basic considerations for statistical analysis planning in a research study. Click here to open the presentation.
Basics of Epidemiology
A PowerPoint adapted with permission from a class presentation developed by Dr. Charles Lynch – University of Iowa, Iowa City. Click here to open the presentation.
A Guide to Research Methods - State University of New York (SUNY), Health Science Center at Brooklyn provides this resource which contains a number of tables showing various types of research methodology.
Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine Glossary: Clinical Study Design and Methods Terminology - Link to an article by John Gay, DVM PhD DACVPM describing various study designs and methodology.