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Simple research problems can generally be solved by the researcher. More complex research problems may require expert assistance to formulate the question so that it can be tested empirically. Research Design Associates provides exactly this expertise. With grounded theory and methods, we provide real-world context for Big Data patterns.
When the numbers matter Research Design Associates have methodological and statistical expertise to produce relevant answers.
Principles of experimental design are embedded in the logic of the scientific method. While causality is not easy to demonstrate, factual outcomes come from well-designed experiments, careful observation, and systematic analysis of data. Trustworthiness of the outcome depends on rigorous methods.
Our scientists help clients at each step of the research design process:
Formulate a measurable hypothesis that accurately reflects your research question
Plan and implement well-designed experiments
Select or develop reliable and valid measurement tools
Analyze data with statistical tests that fit the experimental design, as well as meet the mathematical assumptions of the statistics
Integrating with AI into the contextual environment
Accurately report results
Interface with AI
RDA uses empirical research to bridge Big Data and content experts.
We integrate the new algorithmic tools with the classical research methods to extend the scientific method.
Ever wonder why people make the choices they do?
Research Design Associates uses qualitative research to gather an in-depth understanding of why humans do the things they do.
Qualitative research provides an in-depth understanding of social phenomena in its natural setting. It focuses on the "why" rather than the "what" of social phenomena and relies on direct experiences. RDA researchers use multiple methods of qualitative inquiry such as in-depth interviews and focus groups to better understand the behavior, beliefs, and opinions of people. Qualitative research helps organizations develop holistic and contextual understanding about:
- Consumer behavior
- Decision-making in socially oriented problems
- Non-profits’ issues, products, policies and services
Need to make sense out of your numbers?
Analyses of Big Data can produce correlations but not demonstrate causation.
Some Big Data correlations are just random while some can be meaningful. Only well-designed studies with good statistical methods can infer causality.
RDA uses scientific investigation of numerical properties, phenomena and relationships using statistical methods. We design our research to:
- Test hypotheses
- Manipulate and control variables
- Collect empirical data
- Mathematically evaluate results
- Conduct data modeling and analysis
- Critically evaluate results
Facial Recognition Research
Can you identify the robber?
RDA experts evaluate facial recognition accuracy using a variety of experimental research designs.
Our research psychologists have been working in the field of facial recognition for over 40 years. They have focused their research on identification procedures used in the criminal justice system and have cultivated a deep knowledge of the specific factors that influence the accuracy of facial identification.
Behavioral Psychotropic Research
Researching the therapeutic effects of consciousness-expanding medicines
Psychedelic compounds like LSD and psilocybin mushrooms have shown significant promise in treating a range of mental health conditions. Participants in clinical studies often describe progress in dealing with depression and anxiety.
Psychedelics induce the brain to change transiently in ways that appear to allow a reset to take place and permit alterations in previously “stuck” ways of feeling and thinking about things.
The promise of benefits of mind-altering compounds to treat mental health problems has generated a cascade of new research.
Siegel, A.N., Meshkat, S., Benitah, K., Lipsitz, O., Gill, H., Lui, L.M.W., et al. (2021). Registered clinical studies investigating psychedelic drugs for psychiatric disorders. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 139, 71-81.
To take advantage of all that Research Design Associates has to offer please use the contact form below or call us at 404.373.4637.