Collecting Data

Data collection is the process of obtaining precise measurements or observations to answer research questions, assess trends and probabilities, and determine the outcomes. Data can be collected by various methods, including surveys and questionnaires, interviews observation and much more. Data is often stored in spreadsheets or other structured formats that can be later analyzed.

You’ll need to implement a system that will ensure all data is collected consistently and accurately. The best tool for doing this is a survey, which can be used to manage and standardize the way information is added by researchers and participants. A mobile forms application like Magpi will allow you to create surveys or questionnaires that are easy to use and flexible, offering your participants the possibility to add text for free radio buttons, checkboxes, radio buttons images, barcodes signatures or other forms of input.

Once you’ve decided on your primary data collection method(s) now is the time to begin implementing them. This will vary based on the type of data you’re collecting however, it could involve administering your survey, interview or observation to participants, and recording or monitoring the results. You’ll need to plan the analysis of your data after it’s been collected. This is vital since it ensures that the information you’ve gathered will directly answer your research questions.