Training Overview

This webinar will present the reasoning that formulates null hypotheses and turns researchers’ hair gray. You will learn the why and how of the scientific method, and how to view the world with a statistician’s eyes. 

Do you become tongue tied when explaining the meaning of a p-value? Would you like to know why the null hypothesis is so important to research? Why don’t statistics prove anything? Are you “pretty sure” about what you want to say in plain English, but you’re not sure how to say it statistically?

Explore the possibilities and limitations of research questions and hypothesis development.

P-values are not enough! Learn how to interpret statistical findings with p-values, effect sizes, and confidence intervals.

Webinar Includes : All the training handouts , certificate ,Q/A and 120 mins Live Webinar

Why Should You Attend

2 hours of your time will give you clarity on the processes of developing testable hypotheses, and interpretation of study findings, not only with p-values, but also by making use of effect sizes and confidence intervals.

This webinar will briefly review the history of scientific method. We will explore the steps involved in developing a research question that can be tested with statistical hypotheses. Examples of research questions and hypotheses that can and cannot be tested will be presented. A brief lesson in statistical theory will explain why we don’t prove anything in research, we can only make really, really, good guesses…providing we look at the problem the right way. We will also discuss three ways of interpretation that in combination can be used for better decision making, namely, p-values, effect sizes, and confidence intervals.

Webinar Takeaway

  • Brief history of the scientific method
  • Examples of when scientific methods is useful, and when it is not are not.
  • 5 steps for hypothesis testing:
  1. Formulation of research questions and statistical hypotheses to explain and/or test phenomena.
  2. Specify the statistical hypotheses
  3. Choice of an appropriate test-statistic
  4. Compute probability and determine if results are significant
  5. Properly state conclusions and make inferences based on the test results
  • Why p-values are not enough. A review of effect sized and confidence intervals.
  • Suggestions for the best tests to use to address specific types research, and how to structure the study research questions accordingly:
  • Tests of mean differences
  • Tests of correlation/association

Learning Objectives

At the end of the webinar, participants will have a more thorough understanding of using the tenants and tools of scientific method to align their studies to obtain valid and reliable results. Key learning objectives include:

  • Understanding Scientific Method
  • Knowing when statistics are useful, and when they are not
  • Designing research questions and statistical hypotheses
  • Understanding p-values, confidence intervals, effect sizes
  • Taking a holistic approach to research
  • References for further research will be provided

Who Will Benefit

  • Device manufacturers
  • Researchers
  • Principal Investigators
  • Coordinators
  • Industry Sponsors
  • IRB members

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FDA Faculty Elaine Eisenbeisz

Elaine Eisenbeisz

Statistician ( 30 + yrs exp.) 

Owner & Principal of Omega Statistics

Murrieta, California, United States

Elaine Eisenbeisz is a private practice statistician and owner of Omega Statistics, a statistical consulting firm based in Southern California. Elaine has over 30 years of experience in creating data and information solutions for industries ranging from governmental agencies and corporations, to start-up companies and individual researchers.

In addition to her technical expertise, Elaine possesses a talent for conveying statistical concepts and results in a way that people can intuitively understand.

Our Participants Testimonial

"Elaine is absolutely the best, nicest, easiest to work with and the most fabulous statistician that I have worked with. I cannot say enough about her. I have been in academic medicine for 25 years now and founded a small biotech company. With Elaine's help on data, we were just purchased by Sanofi-Aventis, the 3rd largest pharma company! She helped our company so very much and no question was ever left unanswerable. You are making an excellent choice!"

Resa Levetan, MD - Co-Founder, Cure DM

"Elaine is a wonderful statistics-oriented resource person who has both technical knowledge and business savvy. Having assisted my needs for a quality statistician, Elaine provided me with a well-planned and timely portfolio to aid in my research. She is very personable, and I highly recommend her impeccable data services."

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