Some issues to consider about your data:
The suitability of your data collection method
- Is the method acceptable to your subjects?
- Are there any cultural issues to consider?
- Is the method going to tell you what you want to know?
- Do you need to make generalisations about a population? (surveys needed)
- Do you need to explore ‘new’ ideas or areas? (qualitative methods)
- Do you want to do both of these things? (triangulation of methods)
Are your findings valid?
- Have you piloted your questionnaire?
- Are you measuring what you are supposed to be measuring?
- Does your questionnaire/topic guide look suitable to your subjects (‘face validity’?)
- Does your questionnaire/topic guide cover all the issues (‘content validity’?)
- Do you need to think about other types of validity? (criterion validity’ and ‘construct validity’)
Are your findings ‘reliable’?
- Are you measuring accurately?
- For questionnaires, are they internally consistent?
- If different people are ‘rating’ answers, are they doing this consistently?
Can you summarise your findings clearly?
- What were the greatest achievements?
- What worked best/worst?
- In hindsight what could have been done differently to improve outcomes?
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