This stage will:
- Help you decide whether you should use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods to collect your data
- Define the variety of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods
- Help you decide whether you should use primary or secondary data to answer your research question
Now that you have a research question and you have planned your research and thought about research design and ethics, you need to think about how you’ll collect your data. Will you generate your own data or use data that already exist?
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- How Can I Generate My Own Data?
- What Is Sampling?
- Is My Research Representative?
- How Can I Use Sources of Existing Data?
- Where Can I Find Secondary Data Sources?
- Checklist: Practical Considerations in Using Secondary Data
- What Are Big Data and Social Network Data?
- What Is Metadata?
- What Is Data Mining?
- How Can I Use Panel Data and Census Data?
- What Is a Systematic Review?
- How Can I Carry Out Research Using Documents?
- What Are Participatory Methods and Action Research?
- What Is Evaluation?
- What Are Qualitative Methods?
- What Is Observation?
- What Is Ethnography?
- How Do I Collect Data Using Interviews?
- What Are Problem-Centered Interviews?
- What Are Oral History Interviews?
- What Are Life History Interviews?
- What Are Focus Groups?
- What Is Visual Research?
- Checklist: Are Qualitative Methods Right for my Research Question?
- What Are Quantitative Methods?
- How Can I Use Secondary Quantitative Data in My Research?
- What Is Structured Observation?
- What Is Survey Research?
- What Are Face-to-Face Surveys?
- What Are Email Surveys?
- What Are Online Surveys?
- What Are Telephone Surveys?
- How Do I Design a Questionnaire?
- What Is Social Network Analysis?
- What Are Experiments and Quasi-experiments?
- Checklist: Are Quantitative Methods Right for My Research Question(s)?
- What Are Mixed Methods?
- Checklist: Are Mixed Methods Right for My Research Question?
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