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Dr. G. Johnson, www.researchdem 1 Data Collection: Overview and Design Matrix Research Methods for Public Administrators Dr. Gail Johnson
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Dr. G. Johnson, www.researchdem Steps in the Research Process Planning 1. Determining Your Questions 2. Identifying Your Measures and Measurement Strategy 3. Selecting a Research Design 4. Developing Your Data Collection Strategy 5. Identifying Your Analysis Strategy 6. Reviewing and Testing Your Plan 2
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Dr. G. Johnson, www.researchdem Planning the Data Collection Strategy If you don’t know where you are going, you can wind up anywhere
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Dr. G. Johnson, www.researchdem Data Collection Strategy Consists of three inter-related steps First: what data collection methods make sense given: What you want to know Numbers or stories? Where the data resides Environment, files, people Resources available
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Dr. G. Johnson, www.researchdem Data Collection Strategy Second: how much structure is needed? Quantitative Use when you want to do statistical analysis, want to be precise, know exactly what you want to measure and/or want to cover a large group Qualitative Use when you want anecdotes or in-depth information, when you are not sure what you want to measure, and/or there is no need to quantify 5
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Dr. G. Johnson, www.researchdem Data Collection Strategy Third: how much data to collect? Identify the population of interest Decide whether to collect data from the entire population or a sample? If a sample How large a sample? Random or non-random Sampling will be presented later
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Dr. G. Johnson, www.researchdem Quantitative Approach Highly structured: check-a-box format Closed-ended questions Precise measures every time Reliable: same exact measures every time Unforgiving of mistakes
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Rm during the Spring '11 term at Rochester.

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