Data Collection

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Edited by: W. Paul Vogt

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2010 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261347 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781847879301 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261347 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods |
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Abstract

Insufficient attention to collecting data is often to blame when a research project founders. So how can we avoid, at best, redoing the research and at worst, scrapping the project due to a lack of sufficient data? Data collection is the foundation of high quality research, but it is often given less attention than later steps in a research project, such as coding and analyzing data.

The first step in implementing a research design is collecting the data. You first have to take care to gather appropriate types of and amount of data, because making adjustments later in the project can be prohibitive. This major work focuses on this neglected aspect of the research process. It is divided into five main sections that correspond to the ...

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    W. Paul Vogt

    The first step in implementing a research design is collecting the data. Data collection is thus the foundation of high-quality research, but it is often given less attention than later steps in a research project, such as coding and analyzing data. Logically, as well as chronologically, collecting data must precede coding and analyzing it; one cannot analyze something before one has it.

    Insufficient attention to collecting the data is often to blame when a research project founders. One must first take care to gather appropriate types of and amounts of data, because making adjustments later in the project can be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. By contrast, it often takes much less ...

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