Doing the project
How to collect data
Once the group has designed the research instruments, it can move on to collecting the data.
Here are some tips to share with the young researchers during this stage of the project:
People are doing you a favour by helping you with your research – thank them for their time and tell them that you value their input.
Invite more people to take part than you actually want to collect data from, as some people may not want to participate. People have the right to refuse to take part in your research and to withdraw from the research at any point - you must respect this, as part of research ethics.
Keep an eye on how many people have responded to your survey or agreed to take part in your project. You may need to send reminders to some people.
It is very easy to introduce your own views but your job is to find out what other people think and do. Ask interviewees more probing questions, if you’re not quite sure what they mean, and reflect their views back to them to check that you’ve understood them correctly.
Be organised and ethical - keep all your data responses in one, secure, place.