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    SPEAKER 1: How can I use secondary quantitative datain my research?There is a vast amount of secondary quantitative dataavailable to social researchers.In fact, doing a quick Google searchcan result in downloadable datasetslike the ones you'd find at national statistical offices.Researchers use these resources rather thancarry out expensive, time-consuming surveys

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    SPEAKER 1 [continued]: of their own.What is secondary quantitative data?It can take several forms.Let's look at each one.Secondary quantitative data can bethe product of large-scale surveyssuch sample-based studies or censuses.Usually, the sample size for these surveysis so large that any estimate of a population value which

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    SPEAKER 1 [continued]: is substantively interesting is likely to be statisticallysignificant.The difference between samples and total coverage in a censusdoesn't matter but remember if you were using sample data,significant checks should always be used.So what kind of surveys can you expect to find?A one-off as a single survey conductedfor a special purpose.

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    SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Regular and repeated surveys ask the same questionto different samples of people over time.This allows for studies of change over timeon the basis of aggregate data.Panel studies are where the same set of individualsare surveyed about the same topic over time.This survey allows for studies of change over timeon the basis of microdata.

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    SPEAKER 1 [continued]: The second type of secondary quantitative datais data that is the product of administrative processeswhere large amounts of data are generatedby routine administrative procedures.This is now typically done electronicallywhile data for cases are recorded and organizedin survey format.The third form of secondary quantitative dataare increasingly being used in research practices is big data.

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    SPEAKER 1 [continued]: These datasets are large and complexand capture data that is being generated constantly.As the use of big datasets becomes more common,there are major consent issues with thosewho are described by the data.Data protection issues don't reallyarise with conventional anonymized secondary datasetsbut are very likely to arise with big data.

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    SPEAKER 1 [continued]: Most secondary datasets are organized as flat filesand all the data relevant to each caseare organized as a line in a spreadsheet for that case.Some data is organized in the format of a relational databasewhere informations about households,for example, can be related to information about individualsin that household.Whether you use survey results or a complex big dataset,

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    SPEAKER 1 [continued]: utilizing secondary quantitative datasetscan be a quick and cost-effective wayof conducting social science research.

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Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year: 2018

Video Type:Tutorial

Methods: Quantitative data analysis, Secondary data analysis

Keywords: practices, strategies, and tools

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