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How much do the Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core services cost?
The cost of the service will depend on the type of service, the amount of data, the complexity of the coding scheme, and the level of expertise needed. Below are some example scenarios, however, for your reference:

  • Transcription service:
    A Principal Investigator needs 40 child interviews transcribed and each interview is 30 minutes long. Each interview takes about 2 hours to transcribe plus an hour for a  second person to do a reliability check. This will cost approximately $2,500.
  • Coding service for a simple coding scheme and using MMBCC coders:
    A Principal Investigator wants to find out how many times a baby takes a bite of food in a 5 minute video. There are 100 videos and each takes about 7 minutes to code. An additional 20% of time is needed for a reliability check, as well as a total of 20 hours to train 2 coders to do the work. This will cost approximately $1,000.
  • Coding service for a more complex coding scheme and using MMBCC coders:
    A Principal Investigator wants to rate the intensity of child distress in 10 second intervals over a 5-minute video. They have 50 videos and each takes about 20 minutes to code plus an additional 20% of time to perform a reliability check. A total of 90 hours to train 3 coders to do the work is needed. This will cost approximately $2,750.
  • Coding service for a more complex coding scheme and using MMBCC coders:
    A Principal Investigator wants to code maternal sensitivity during a 10-minute free play between child and parent. They have 75 videos and each video will take approximately 20 minutes to code plus an additional 20% of time to perform a reliability check. A total of 90 hours to train 3 coders to do the work is needed. This will cost approximately $2,700.

Why is there variability in coding fees?
Some coding schemes require more expertise, and thus time to implement, than others.  For example, it takes more time to train a coder to rate a set of behaviors indicating maternal sensitivity than to train a coder to assess whether or not a child takes a bite of food.

What does the free initial consultation include?
The free initial 1-2 hour consultation will include a meeting between the Project Team (PI and PI’s project manager, if available) and the Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core team (Core Manager, Faculty Lead, and CHGD Assistant Director). At this meeting, the Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core and Project Teams will discuss the project and anticipated media management and/or coding needs. The Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core Team can also answer related questions about the project at this time.

What happens after the free consultation?
After the consultation, the Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core Team will submit a Statement of Work (SOW) that includes a cost estimate to the PI.  If approved, the SOW will be signed and the project can begin.

Can I get training from the CHGD Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core if I am a post-doctoral fellow, a graduate student or an undergraduate student?
Training from the Faculty Lead is available for a fee. In addition, occasional training workshops are offered.

Can I use the CHGD Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core if I am not a CHGD member?
It’s easy to become a CHGD member and new applications are always welcome! To find out more, please visit http://chgd.umich.edu/about/membership/

Can I use the CHGD Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core if I am a CHGD member, but I would like to utilize the services for a project that is not related to child behavior, health or development?
This depends on the project and the expertise that would be required to complete it. Please submit an inquiry here so the Media Management & Coding Core Team can determine if your needs can be met.

What is the advantage of using the CHGD Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core versus UROP or lower cost resources?
The CHGD Media Management & Behavioral Coding Core offers the advantage of saving faculty time and resources because the Core facilitates all hiring, training and supervision of staff.  In addition, since the Core’s staff and students work exclusively on media management and behavioral coding, they are very efficient and can complete projects in a timely manner.

How are the coders trained?
The coders are trained by the Core Manager.  The Core Manager meets regularly with Core Faculty Lead, Dr. Miller, in order to review any conceptual issues that arise with coding, troubleshoot any technical or software challenges, and to ensure that coding is proceeding on schedule.