Essay on Exploring Different Data Collection Methods

4132 Words Jul 17th, 2016 17 Pages
Honolulu University

2015
Exploring Different Data Collection Methods
Statistical Methods in Business & Economics (BUS405)
Ching Sum Jessie Ha (80600402)

Honolulu University

2015
Exploring Different Data Collection Methods
Statistical Methods in Business & Economics (BUS405)
Ching Sum Jessie Ha (80600402)

Introduction
Data is collected to learn the effectiveness of a particular tool in preventing defects or to look into the cause of a particular defect (Burrill, Ledolter, p.381). Data removes the trepidation and uncertainty of an unknown element. One reason for collecting data is to gain an understanding of the data by organizing and graphing the individual values (Albert, Rossman, p.1). Secondly, and most
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Data gathered through surveys and questionnaires that are carefully developed and structured provide you with numerical data that can be explored statistically and yield a result that can be generalized to some larger population. However, quantitative approaches are limited in their capacity for the investigation and explanation of similarities and unexpected differences (Hawe, Degeling, Hall, 1990). It is important to note that for peer-based programs, quantitative data collection approaches often prove to be difficult to implement for agencies as lack of necessary resources to ensure rigorous implementation of surveys and frequently experienced low participation and loss to follow up rates. II. Qualitative Research
Qualitative research does not seek to provide quantified answers to research questions and tends to be associated with more naturalistic (i.e. research conducted in more 'natural settings', such as at home or work, as opposed to in a laboratory) types of research (Pope, Mays, 1995). Research following a qualitative approach is exploratory and seeks to explain ‘how’ and ‘why’ a particular phenomenon, or program, operates as it does in a particular context. As such, qualitative research often investigates, explore, interpret, or obtain a 'deeper understanding' of: * local knowledge and understanding of a given issue or program *

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