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Data Distress

Data Distress

Barbara C. Malt

I’ve found a research question I’m dying to answer. I’ve developed a hypothesis and figured out how to test it. I’ve operationalized the independent and dependent variables, got all the materials together, specified my procedures, and jumped through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) hoops. I’m all set!

Maybe! What is missing from this picture? The answer is: I haven’t sat down and thought through how I’ll analyze the data.

This isn’t a mistake I’ve made just once. I’ve made it multiple times. It’s so easy to do. Data analysis is far off when you embark on the project, there are many other things to attend to, and analysis is kind of boring compared to having the ...

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