Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why do I need data management?
  2. When should I involve DM?
    • The best time to include data management is during grant preparation
    • If you think that you need a biostatistician, then you probably also need a data manager
  3. Can Data Management assist in the design of data collection instruments and/or systems?
  4. Are you able to act as a Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for my project?
    • YES, we are the DCC for several ongoing projects, such as FIRMAT (cardiology), TREAT (alcoholic hepatitis), MRS (HIV), IeDEA (HIV)
  5. How do I obtain a DM estimate?
    • Contact the Director of Clinical Data Management Bob Davis at least 2-4 weeks prior to submission due date.
  6. How do I pay for Data Management?
  7. What happens if the budget is cut or funding period ends before work is complete?
    • Contact Data Management as soon as possible to renegotiate deliverables.
  8. What services do you offer free of charge?
    • Budget estimates
    • Periodic Basic Data Management training
    • Pilot data support for grant submissions up to five hours
  9. What is the difference between data management and data entry?
    • Data Entry clerks are responsible for keying data into the Data Entry systems whereas Data Managers are responsible for all other aspects related to the study data.  For more details visit our Data Management home page
  10. Does the quality of data depend on the Data Management budget?
    • We strive to provide consistent quality work across all projects, regardless of the budget.  However, the quality of the data might suffer if shortcuts are required to save money. We can provide advice on best practices to ensure data integrity in situations where the budget may be extremely tight.

Department of Biostatistics | 410 W. Tenth St., Suite 3000 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 274-2661 | Fax: (317) 274-2678