Using Existing Statistics to Collect Social Research Data


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Brian needs data about a particular region. He wants to know information such as gender, race, religion, etc. For which of the following types of data is Brian looking?

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1. A researcher analyzing another researcher's data is likely to _____.

2. Program evaluations are an abundant source of social data, because _________________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sometimes researchers find applicable data that has been gathered by another researcher on an unrelated project. The quiz will test you on how well you understand the pros and cons of using this type of data, as well as how you might go about getting permission to use it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take this quiz to test your understanding of:

  • Types of data that may be useful
  • How to use existing data
  • What program evaluations are
  • The cons of using someone else's data

Skills Practiced

Use these review materials to practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about using existing data in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding program evaluations and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding social research

Additional Learning

Watch the accompanying lesson, Using Existing Statistics to Collect Social Research Data, to learn more about this aspect of data collection for research projects. In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn the definition of existing statistics
  • Find out what the most useful statistics might be and where to find them
  • Study examples of program research and why these studies are performed
  • Learn about some possible negatives associated with using existing data