Skills / Services

Research Design

[Grant Development]
The Office of Research Analytics can assist with research design in the areas of economic, statistical, policy, and spatial analysis. Our expertise in the application of technology to research and extension projects can contribute to the competitiveness of grant proposals. In addition, the staff's knowledge and expertise in a broad range of large, time-series and spatial datasets can be an important asset in framing research justifications and methodologies.

Statistical/Econometric Analysis

[Statistical/Econometric Analysis]
ORA staff have broad experience in econometric and statistical applications, and extensive knowledge of the practical needs of research. Our expertise includes:
  • Statistical analysis plans and research design
  • Survey design, administration, and analysis
  • Sample size calculation
  • Statistical and econometric modeling and analysis
  • Partial budget analysis
  • Data analysis and management
  • Statistical advice
Recent projects:
  • Consumer Perceptions of Food Borne Contamination (Hallman, et al).
    • Performed binary choice modeling to support research on effectiveness public alerts of food contamination events.
  • Agritourism Development in the Northeast (Schilling, Chase, Komar, Marxen).
    • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) funded project.
    • Developed a logistic regression model to analyze/characterize agritourism operations in NJ.
  • Enhancing Access to Preserved Farmland for Small and Medium-Sized Farmers (Schilling et al) - USDA/NIFA.
    • US Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded project.
    • Developed a hedonic price model of deed restricted farmland values in NJ using a unique database developed by ORA staff. Policy recommendations presented to the State Agricultural Development Committee. Paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (JARE) Winter 2013. LINK TO PAPER
    • Developed probit regression model and employed propensity score matching technique to test hypothesis of higher profits on preserved farms. Paper submitted to Journal of Land Use Policy.

Economic Impact Analysis

[Economic Impact Analysis]
The ORA performs economic impact analysis using state-of-the-art software and data. IMPLAN is an input-output impact modeling system that provides the ability to define industries and the economic relationships between them. It can be customized for any county, region or state, and used to assess the "multiplier effects" caused by a change in the economy. This is used primarily to assess the economic impacts of industries, or to assess changes to the economy stemming from an event such as a policy change or large construction project. ORA staff possess a strong background in economic impact analysis and have vast experience employing IMPLAN modeling. The staff's knowledge of the structural basis of the IMPLAN model and experience in real-world applications ensures a robust analysis.
Full analysis studies using the IMPLAN model include:
  • Economic Impacts of the New Jersey Sensory Science Industry (Sullivan & Richardson).
    • Estimated the economic impacts of the New Jersey sensory science sector.
    • Link to Paper
  • Examining the Economic Benefits of Agritourism: The Case of New Jersey (Schilling, B.J., Sullivan, K.P., and Komar, S.J.).
    • Developed survey of NJ agricultural producers. Estimated the economic impacts of agritourism in NJ using Implan modeling.
    • Link to Paper
  • Economic Impacts of the NJ Wine Industry (Ward & Sullivan).
    • Estimated the economic impacts of NJ wineries. Develop survey, surveyed industry through NASS, Implan modeling, report writing.
  • Economic Impacts of the New Jersey Blueberry and Cranberry Industry (Sullivan, Schilling).
    • Estimated the economic impacts of equine in NJ using Implan modeling.
    • Link to Paper
  • Economic Impacts of the New Jersey Equine Industry (Gottlieb, Schilling, Sullivan, Malinowski).
    • Developed survey of the horse industry. Estimated the economic impacts of equine in NJ using Implan modeling.
    • Link to Paper
  • Economic Impacts of the NJ Food Industry (Schilling & Sullivan).
    • Estimated the economic impacts of the NJ food industry using secondary data and Implan modeling.
    • Link to Paper
  • Economic Impacts of Urban Forestry (Talmage, Sullivan, Schilling, & Grabowski).
    • Estimated the economic impacts of urban forestry in NJ. Implan modeling completed.

GIS/Spatial Analysis

[GIS/Spatial Analysis]
ORA staff utilize state of the art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that enables spatial relationships in data to be visualized through various layers of geographic variables. ORA staff have proven research and analytical expertise in examining both quantitative and qualitative aspects of geographic data. Experience in software development allows staff to expand geospatial visualizations and analyses into custom analytical and web-based mapping tools to meet the evolving needs of research and extension.
Recent projects include:
  • Visit NJ Farms Website (Schilling & Marxen)
    • USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funded project.
    • Developed an interactive statewide marketing platform utilizing mapping interfaces and spatial data to assist users in identifying and locating agritourism operations throughout New Jersey.
    • Visit NJ Farms Website
  • Evaluating the Importance of Upgrading NJ Urban Water Systems (Van Abs)
    • New Jersey Future funded project.
    • Developed GIS resources and analysis of water resources and quality in selected Pinelands Growth Areas and 21 municipalities that rely on combined sewer systems.
  • NJDEP Distribute Data Server Service Project (Kohut)
  • NJDEP Monitoring and Analysis Tool (Marxen)
    • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection funded project.
    • Developed a custom GIS toolset for analyzing spatial water quality data.
  • Develop a Sector Command Center for Emergency Food Distribution in New Jersey (Schilling)
    • New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness funded project.
    • Developed a custom GIS tool to perform statistical analysis of population data within a user defined distance of a location or disaster event. Developed GIS resources of food retail establishments and distribution hubs for disaster planning efforts.
  • Characterizing the Modern Commercial Farm Landscape in New Jersey (Schilling & Rabin)
    • New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee funded project.
    • Analyzed digitized aerial photography to determine the land use characteristics of case study farms in New Jersey.
    • Link to Paper
  • An Evaluation of the Efficiency and Effectiveness in the New Jersey Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (NJ-WIC) in Serving Clients and Improving Birth Outcomes (Hallman)

Data-Driven Online Applications

[Data-Driven Online Applications]
ORA staff have experience in applying in-house data-driven website design to meet the needs of a broad range of research projects, extension programs, and policy initiatives. These tools allow for the more efficient and effective flow of data between stakeholders and provide new and innovative ways of conveying information in a dynamic manner.
Recent projects include:
  • NJ Hydrologic Modeling Database (Marxen)
    • New Jersey Department of Agriculture funded project.
    • Developed a custom web application for the collection and monitoring of hydrologic data and stormwater basin management projects in NJ. The system utilizes a spatially aware database system to ensure accurate and efficient collection and querying of the underlying dataset.
    • NJ Hydrologic Modeling Database Website
  • NJ Land Link (Marxen & Schilling)
    • Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey funded project.
    • Developed a custom web application to help farmers and land owners connect through a database of farmland availabe, farminng opportunities sought, and land characteristics and production goals.
    • NJ Land Link Website
  • NJDEP Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program (Kohut & Marxen)
    • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection funded project.
    • Developed a custom web application for the collection and monitoring of beach water quality data for purposes of providing public information on beach closures and annual water quality reporting to the EPA.
    • NJDEP Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program Website
  • Development of Extension Programming to Support the Advancement of Agritourism in the Northeast (Schilling, Chase, Komar, Marxen & Carleo)
    • Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education funded project.
    • Developed an interactive online partial budget tool for the development of a corn maze. Developed online survey to assess the agritourism resource needs of farmers.
    • Agritourism: Budgeting for a Corn Maze Website
  • Identifying Food Safety Risk Factors and Educational Strategies for Consumers Purchasing Seafood and Meat Products Online (Hallman)
    • US Department of Agriculture funded project.
    • Developed a web application for the tracking of food deliveries and the collection and analysis of food safety data.
  • Rutgers Cranberry Production Economics and Profitability Website
  • SEBS Honors Program Committee (Hallman & Ludescher)
    • Developed online survey of Honors Program participants to assess the quality of honors programs on the SEBS campus.
  • Enhancing Access to Preserved Farmland for Small and Medium-Sized Farmers (Schilling)
    • US Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded project.
    • Developed online survey for farmland preservation program coordinators to assess successes and challenges facing farmland preservation in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Bioenergy Calculator (Brennan-Tonetta)
    • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities funded project.
    • Developing a web-based interface that estimates potential biopower and biofuel generation from current and projected biomass feedstocks in New Jersey.

Custom Software Applications

[Custom Software Applications]
The ORA recognizes the importance that technology can play in the future of research design and extension programs. ORA staff expertise in software development provides the ability to custom tailor applications to meet the needs of its research partners. The staff have experience in developing software solutions for traditional desktop computer systems, as well as web-based and tablet/mobile applications. Examples of custom software applications have ranged from distributed data collection tools, real-time data collection software, custom GIS analytical tools, and web-based tools for data collection and analysis.
Recent projects include:
  • NJDEP Distribute Data Server Service Project (Kohut)
  • Improving the Safety and Nutritional Adequacy of the Home Food Supply of Elderly Recipients of Home Delivered Meals (Hallman & Byrd-Bredbenner)
    • US Department of Agriculture/National Integrated Food Safety Initiative funded project.
    • Developed custom data collection software and submission tool. Developed interactive web portal for tracking and analyzing data collection.
  • Immunologic Effects and Structural 'Countermarketing' Intervention: Racism, the HPA Axis, and African American Health (Kwate)
    • National Institutes of Health/American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded project.
    • Developed custom iPad application for data collection.
  • An Evaluation of the Efficiency and Effectiveness in the New Jersey Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (NJ-WIC) in Serving Clients and Improving Birth Outcomes (Hallman)
    • NJ Department of Health funded project.
    • Developed custom database and reporting system for data collection and analysis.

Dataset Expertise

[Dataset Expertise]
ORA staff have considerable experience and expertise working with many national and statewide datasets that are critical to research. This knowledge allows the office to be an important resource to Rutgers and key private and public stakeholders. Some core datasets include:
  • US Census of Population
  • US Economic Census
  • US Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics Data
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data & Statistics
  • US Agricultural Census
  • NJ DataBank
  • NJ Farmland Assessment Data
  • NJ Farmland Preservation Data
  • New Jersey Land Use/Cover Data (GIS)
  • New Jersey Aerial Orthophotography (GIS)
  • USDA Cropland Data (GIS)
  • NRCS Soil Data (GIS)