CS-Squared Statistical Consulting & Training

Welcome to CS-Squared, which was established in 2019 and is run and managed by Dr Jean Saunders who has extensive Biostatistical Consulting experience in Clinical Trials within the Pharmaceutical Industry as well as Health Services and epidemiological research experience. Since 2001 Dr Jean Saunders ran the SCU in UL giving biostatistical advice and courses within UL and the HSE.

CS-Squared aims to provide a professional statistical consulting service and to promote good statistical practice amongst researchers in Academia, Industry and in the Health Sector. Our services include both one-to-one consultation and the running of courses for larger groups. A more detailed description of the courses on offer can be found on the Upcoming Training page.

If you have any queries or would like to contact the SCU to organise a course or individual consultation then the details are available in the Training Enrolment and our Contact pages.

Upcoming Training


Questionnaire Design - 21st October 2020

This introductory course covers the basic elements of questionnaire design and question wording. Learn how to construct unbiased questions - the common mistakes and how to put them together in a survey and/or interview schedule that will be easily answered.

A Guide to Critical Appraisal & Systematic Reviews for Doctors & other Health Professionals - 22nd October 2020

The objective of this course is to understand the meaning of evidence-based medicine and the importance of critical appraisal skills and the conduct of systematic reviews.

Introductory SPSS - 18th November 2020

This course provides an intensive introduction to SPSS. SPSS is a very easy to use statistical software. It is available for free to anyone working or studying on any University campus. This

Introduction to R - 19th November 2020

R - a freely available version of the S programming language is becoming more and more popular as a statistical analysis package. R can be freely downloaded from the web and provides a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques. R enables the user to have more control over the algorithms used to analyse data and therefore facilitates more sophisticated analyses than allowed by other packages, e.g. SPSS, Minitab, etc.

Introduction to NVIVO - Day 1

The objective of the course is to equip the group with enough knowledge to enable people
to begin their project using a computer-aided methodology. However, they will not possess the requisite skills to carry out more advanced tasks. An intermediate level training day. Day 2 would achieve that end.

NVIVO - Day 2

The objective of this workshop is to conduct a piece of analysis using raw data and a research question. By the end of the session, the participants will have:
1.Set up a database with a robust architecture
2.Analysed the data using queries and manual analysis where appropriate
3.Reported on the findings


Dr Saunders courses allows one to go beyond a basic understanding of statistics and apply principles, which unravels even the most complex research questions.