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Data collection is the process of acquiring accurate observations or measurements to answer research questions, assess trends or probabilities, and also to determine the results. Data can be collected by many different methods, including surveys or questionnaires, interviews observation and much more. Often, collected data is arranged and stored in spreadsheets as well as other structured formats for later analysis.

You’ll need to implement an application that can ensure the data is collected in a consistent manner and accurately. The best tool for doing this is a questionnaire, which can be used to organize and standardize the method by which data is added by researchers and participants. A mobile form application like Magpi lets you create questionnaires and surveys which are easy to use as well as flexible and easy to use. Participants can include free text, radio buttons and checkboxes. photographs, barcodes or signatures.

After you’ve selected your primary data collection method(s) then it’s time to implement them. This will depend on the type(s) of data you’re collecting however, it could involve executing surveys, interviews or observation, and recording or watching the results. In the majority of instances, you’ll also have to determine how your data will be analyzed once it is collected. This is important because it ensures that the information you’ve gathered will directly answer your research question.