Advising on research methods: A consultant's companion by Herman Adèr, Gideon Mellenbergh and David Hand is a handbook for those
who are giving advice on research methods in the social and behavioral sciences,
including medicine and epidemiology.
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It takes the perspective of a statistical advisor who wants to assist researchers to
produce better – more accurate, valid, and reliable – results. The book is
explicitly intended to be used for instruction. Each chapter has an Exercise
section, while the chapter texts are interspersed with ‘Topics for classroom
As to the contents: the book follows the research cycle. It starts from general
considerations on research quality and publishing, then discusses different
design strategies, the choice and construction of measurement instruments
and the data analysis process including the interpretation of the analysis
results. The first imprint of the book has been indexed for Google books
This makes it possible to have a good look at the contents:
Reviews. A positive review by Peter Wludyka, (University of North Florida; I am fond of the book's opening sentence reminding the reader that a consultant should be ``available, affable, and able'' in decreasing order of importance. and, The authors have produced a useful book that someone in the early stages of a consulting career should find especially helpful and easy to use) has
appeared in the Reviews of Books and Teaching Materials section of the November
2009 issue of The American Statistician.
It can be found here.
Another very favorable review by Yves Laberge (Laval University, Canada; Advising on research methods is one of the most impressive books on methodology I have read in recent years. and Herman Adèr, Don Mellenbergh and David Hand have made a tremendous job…),
appeared in the Febuary 2011 issue of the Journal of Applied Statistics.
The review can be studied here.
Table of contents
- 1. Giving advice on research methods; 2. Methodological
consultancy problems; 3. Methodological Quality; 4. Dissemination and
Sampling and Design
- 5. Sampling 6. General issues of research design
7. Research designs: Description, exploration and prediction 8. Research
designs: Testing of research hypotheses
- 9. Surveys 10. Tests and questionnaires: Construction and
administration 11. Tests and questionnaires: Analysis
Data analysis: Basics
- 12. Modelling 13. Missing and biasing information
14. Phases and initial steps in data analysis 15. The main analysis phase
Data analysis: Techniques
- 16. The analysis of longitudinal designs
17. Regression analysis and beyond 18. Principal component and factor
analysis 19. Epilogue: Structural equation modelling
About the authors
- has been a statistical consultant for many years, both at the
department of Psychology and the department of Clinical Epidemiology
and Biostatistics of Free University, Amsterdam. With Gideon J.
Mellenbergh, he has been the editor of the book ‘Research Methodology’
(Sage, 1999) in which the theoretical foundations of general methodology
Gideon J. Mellenbergh
- is emeritus professor of Psychological Methods at
the Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam. He has a
long-standing experience in methodological consultancy in different fields,
such as clinical and health psychology, industrial and organizational
psychology, educational research, social dentistry, and psychiatry.
David J. Hand
- is emeritus Professor of Statistics at Imperial College,
London, UK. He has wide-ranging consultancy experience to
organizations ranging from banks, through pharmaceutical companies, to
governments. He has published fifteen books, and is the founding editor
and continuing editor-in-chief of the journal of Statistics and Computing.
Until 2015, Herman Adèr and Gideon Mellenbergh have given several courses using
the book as material.
One of these was a six week research masters’ course at the department of
Psychological Methods of the University of Amsterdam.
During the course a booklet with selected topics was produced, written by course participants and edited by Adèr
These booklets each have their own website:
Last update: September 7, 2016
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