Statistically Speaking Membership Program

Do you ever feel stuck with some statistical issue and feel like you have no place to turn?

You could try searching the internet, but it can be hard to tell if the information is good.

You could spend a few days in the library, and hopefully you can piece together what you find in such a way that it applies to your analysis.

You could ask a colleague. Hopefully they really understand the statistical issues, and won’t act like your question is evidence of their intellectual superiority.

You could ask your institution’s statistical consultant. If there is one. And if they aren’t so theoretically-oriented that you can understand their answers.

Or you could join Statistically Speaking (formerly Data Analysis Brown Bag).

This Month’s Live Webinar:

Communicating Statistical Results to Non-Statisticians 
with Kim Love, PhD

January 18, 2017 at 3 pm (EST)
(Members have access to live webinars & video recordings of live webinars)

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It’s the safe, reliable place to ask statistical questions and get practical, relevant answers that you’ve always wished you had.

Statistically Speaking is a program for researchers who need to get statistics done and who need to understand what they’re doing and what it all means.

What is it?

It’s an ongoing professional development program.

Each month, attend (or watch the recording of) a 90-minute webinar on a specific statistical topic.

In each webinar, the presenter will teach for about 60 minutes, then open it up for questions.

What topics?

We’ll choose topics that:

1. are specific enough that we can teach in an hour.

2. are applicable to a wide range of research areas and statistical methodologies.

3. are applied. These are the things you need to understand to implement and make good decisions as you actually analyze data.

These are the kinds of things that will improve your statistical literacy.

These webinars are not formal presentations with fancy multimedia or long derivations of equations. They’ll be conversational, casual presentations in which we talk about what the statistical terminology means in real English, when to use different tests, and how to understand the information they tell you about your data.

It’s a safe place to ask statistical questions.

It’s hard to ask statistics questions. There’s just something about statistics that makes you feel…unprepared. Like you should know all the answers.

And chances are, you have some colleagues who seem particularly good at making you feel that way.

But I believe you’re a really smart person who is trying to implement a really complicated set of skills (that keep changing), with only partial training.

So in Statistically Speaking, ask away.

Each month, we’ll also have two open Q&A sessions in which you can ask about whatever statistical issues you’re facing.

That’s in addition to our topic webinar, which also has time for questions. So twice a month, you’ll be able to ask questions live.

But we’ll also have a private forum where you can post written questions at any time.

It’s a supportive community.

One of the biggest benefits will be our private forum.

Because it’s private, you can ask questions without worrying that your question will show up on Google searches.

Feel free to ask anything statistical without fear. We are keeping the trolls out.

You can choose your own username, so you can stay as anonymous as you’d like.

Or you can take the opportunity to network, share the statistical insights you’ve had, or provide the reference to your published paper that others can cite.

It’s up to you.

It’s low-cost.

This is designed for you — the researcher without a statistical consulting budget.

We’re doing everything in a group format so that we can keep expenses down and pass on the savings to you.

Pay monthly and cancel whenever you like.

What it’s Not:

It’s not a statistics class.

There is a difference between learning statistics and learning data analysis. Yes, the statistical methods you learn in classes are some of the tools you use when analyzing data.

But data analysis is a skill. It’s not enough to derive the statistics.

Yes, we’ll review some of what is covered in statistics classes, but we’re not calculating anything by hand or doing matrix algebra.

Here we focus on the application of those tools with real, messy data. Understanding the steps, the vocabulary, the bigger context that makes some issues important and others not so much.

It’s not one-on-one consulting.

You will have many opportunities to ask questions on the research project you’re working on, and it may be enough support that you don’t need one-on-one consulting.

But sometimes, you’ll need more help. Maybe you have a particularly tricky data situation, or the analysis is too far beyond your current training.

If so, I may suggest references for you to read or refer you to consulting, if we really need to dig in to the details.

If so, as part of your membership, you’ll receive a 10% discount on our Quick Question Consultations.

It’s not a workshop.

We’re not going to go into depth on whole areas of statistics. We only have an hour in each topic webinar, so they’ll be specific.

That said, we’re picking topics that you really need — those statistical issues you get stuck on.

The ones that show up in requests from reviewers that you read about, that advisors ask about.

These are issues that may be part of more than one statistical test (like outliers, maximum likelihood, or model building).

But if you need more in-depth training, we want to make that easy for you as well. You’ll receive a 10% discount on any live online workshops or on-demand trainings we offer at The Analysis Institute.

And yes, that’s on top of any student or early registration discounts you already receive. So this program can pay for itself pretty quickly.

It’s not statistical software training.

As much as possible, the webinars will not be about any particular statistical software. We want this to relevant to anyone using any software.

We may in the future add on software-specific training, and you are welcome to ask about software issues in the forum or in Q&As. But the monthly topic webinars will be about statistics, not statistical software.


Your Statistics Mentor

Karen Grace-Martin

I hesitate to call myself an instructor here, because this program is part training, part consulting. A mentorship.

So let’s use “statistics mentor.”

That will be me: Karen Grace-Martin (though we’ll invite some guest statistical trainers and consultants at some point to cover topics I can’t. We’ll see how it goes).

I’ve been supporting researchers through their statistical planning, analysis, and interpretation since 1997. Everyone from undergrad honors students to Ivy League professors, from non-profit evaluators to corporate data analysts.

I understand where data analysts get stuck and the types of challenges they face.

My focus is on understanding what you already understand and bringing the statistical issues to you in a way that they make sense.


This program is for you if you:

  • Are working on your dissertation and need statistical help you can trust and understand
  • Are a researcher or analyst who wants opportunities for ongoing statistical learning
  • Are the sole quantitative person in your organization and would like a place to ask questions of other experts
  • Have come back to doing quantitative research after years away and would like a place to get caught up

It is not for you if you:

  • Have no statistical background at all and are trying to finish an analysis within a deadline. We will review some basic concepts at times, and I’m happy to answer beginning questions. But if you’re facing deadlines, you’re going to need more help more quickly than this program can offer.
  • Are an advanced user of statistics and are looking for advanced debate or help on field-specific statistics. There are a number of forums where you can do all that. This isn’t a place to discuss statistical theory and I don’t claim to be able to answer questions about genomics, econometrics, or even everything in statistics. We’re here to support researchers who need to get statistics done.
  • Are a student in a statistics class and are hoping for help on homework. Please go talk to your TA. Helping you is what they’re paid the big bucks to do.

How It Works

This is an ongoing monthly program.

Enroll at any time during the month, and you’ll have access, for 30 days, to:

  • That month’s live 90-minute topic webinar, with streaming video recording
  • A handout of references and further reading on that topic
  • That month’s two live 60-minute Q&A webinar sessions, with streaming video recording
  • The membership site, with a private forum for asking questions and suggesting webinar topics
  • A 10% discount on Quick Question Consultations, Live Online Workshops, and On Demand Training offered by The Analysis Factor

Your membership will be automatically carried over and your credit card will be automatically charged every month until you cancel.

Cancel at any time, and you’ll have access through the end of that month.


Some things our current Statistically Speaking members say about it:

“I really liked Audrey’s presentation today. My professors always threw caveats into their lectures and said that statistics was more about thinking than math. She demonstrated that today, and I was very happy with the discussion…[It] makes the process much less mechanical, and more about real problem solving and thought. This approach seems to shock some people who think that statistics is all about plugging in numbers and pushing a button!” – Jane Yank

“Just wanted to thank you for your help in the Brown Bag webinar last month. I had some questions about mean reversion – I seemed to understand it less the more I thought about it. Anyway we talked it through in the webinar, and it greatly helped my understanding of the topic. So if this is the sort of scenario the Brown Bag membership is intended to be for, I’d say it’s very effective. I found it very useful to have someone to talk to about the problems I was trying to figure out, in an informal kind of setting. Not sure what I’d have done without it!” – Paul Grayson

 “Karen is excellent! She explains concepts more clearly than anyone I know. The Q&A sessions are a real bonus. An opportunity to clarify what to do in different circumstances.”  – Lynda Bavin

“The one feature [of the Brown Bag] I truly appreciate is the monthly fee payment schedule vs. a larger amount at once that covers several months. I also enjoy the smaller group Q&A sessions and the ability to ask very specific questions. Of course having access to the videos when you cannot attend live is a major plus because you do not lose out of receiving the valuable information from the monthly presentation or Q&A sessions.”
– Frances Aranda

“Great topics and handouts – the material is accessible even if you can’t make it to the webinar.”

“It is so reassuring as a Brown Bag member to know that you have an expert to turn to when you have a question.” – Lara Zwarun

“I have recommended [the Brown Bag] to others, based on the webinars, the Q&A sessions, the forum, and the statistical articles. I especially like the forum that enables asking specific questions.”

“If you are no longer in school, do not work full time in research, but you must implement tools that come from the researchers, the “Brown Bag” keeps you up to date with methodologies. I generally deal with prediction and classification problems in biological/environmental sciences and although much of the “brown bag” discussions deal with psychology/medical topics, I find it interesting in how different analyses and techniques are used and applied. I have even been able to take ideas/techniques picked up through the “brown bag” that are generally not used in my field and apply them to solve problems.”
– Martin Watts

“Great topics and handouts – the material is accessible even if you can’t make it to the webinar.”

“Karen has a talent of giving explanations that make tricky concepts very clear.” – Kim Bennett

The Details:

Each month’s topic webinar will be on approximately the second Wednesday of the month at 3pm Eastern Time (that’s New York time).

Each month we’ll have two Q&A sessions. These are also on Wednesdays at various times to accommodate members in different time zones.

There may be months when this shifts around a bit, due to avoiding holidays or some other personal obligation. If so, we’ll let you know well in advance.

Individual Payment Plans/Options:

Monthly Quarterly Annual
Monthly Topic Webinar
2 Monthly Q&As
Member Forum
Discounts on Workshops & Consulting
Searchable Resource Library
Access to All Past Topic Webinars* after 1 Year (as recordings)
Immediate Access to All Past Topic Webinars* (recordings)
Cost (15% group discount available) $29/month $79/quarter
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Refund Policy: Once you enroll in the monthly payment program, you have full access to all material for that month, and we can’t offer refunds. We will cancel your membership going forward upon your request. For the Quarterly and Annual payment plans, refunds will be calculated based on charging $29/month for the months you used. All this said, we offer the following guarantee:


As with all our programs, your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you participate fully and find you are not satisfied for any reason, we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.

Just notify us within 30 days of enrollment.