BEEPThe Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Econometrics and Programming (BEEP) Core's goal is to serve the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development's (CCHBD) technical needs in a cost-effective manner, especially in the areas of statistical analysis, data management, surveys, web development and graphic design. The CCHBD's investigators and fellows are able to draw on this skilled talent pool for both small and large projects, after working with the BEEP Core manager to develop estimates and timelines. Budgets are then invoiced for work hours completed based on the BEEP Core billing policy, which is most often both a cost and efficiency savings over hiring staff on a percentage of FTE basis. Investigators interested in data analysis may wish to read a collection of tips and guidelines for preparing datasets for analysis.

BEEP Core services are billed at a rate of $85 per hour for internal projects.

Skills and Resources Currently Available Within the BEEP Core

BEEP Core Members

BEEP Core members. From left to right: Cindy Larison, Megan Fesinmeyer, Sara Drescher, Wren Haaland, and Julie McGalliard

Statistical programming and analyses

  • Descriptive and bivariate statistics
  • Regression models (linear, logistic, survival, GEE, etc.)
  • Models for longitudinal, correlated, clustered and repeated measures data
  • Analysis of accelerometry data
  • Analysis of genetic data
  • Data cleaning, validity checking, creation of data dictionaries
  • Data recoding, from simple to highly complex
  • Generating reports, tables and graphs for internal use, conferences and papers
  • Power and sample size calculations

Survey design and implementation

  • Web-based surveys or data collection tools
  • Can have complex skip patterns, background calculations, generate in-survey feedback or reports, pipe in data from previous surveys and/or include multimedia
  • Multi-language surveys
  • Integrated research management system (RMS) allows automated participant emails to ensure best possible follow-up.

Web development and graphic design

  • Graphic design of study or project logos
  • Development and implementation of study websites, both static and dynamic
  • Creation of web-based message forums
  • SharePoint
  • Pilot and usability testing
  • Mobile application development

Software commonly used

  • Stata, with some use of R, SAS and SPSS
  • PASS (for power analysis and sample size determination)
  • Registry Plus™ Link Plus
  • Stat-Transfer
  • Datstat Illume and Discovery
  • Adobe products
  • Tableau

Secondary data sources

  • Administrative data, e.g., PHIS, KID, CHARS, Medicaid, internal hospital data
  • Large survey datasets, longitudinal and cross-sectional, e.g., ECLS, YRBS, MEPS, NHANES