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Collecting data in research

How careful planning can ensure fewer problems are encountered in data collection

How careful planning can ensure fewer problems are encountered in data collection

Collecting research data is one of the most exciting steps in the research process. For many researchers, this is the stage when a project comes to life. It is vital, therefore, that data collection is carefully planned because, in many cases, it is the only opportunity for researchers to connect with participants and gather information that will comprise the study findings. This means that it is important to ensure that the data aligned with the research aims is collected to enable robust analysis.

If something is missed or data is collected in a less favourable way, it may be impossible to go back and collect additional data. This can have significant implications for the study’s duration, and the quality of the analysis and findings.

The choice of data

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