Data Collection and Analysis

Once you choose a research method for your dissertation, you should learn everything you can about it. This includes reading several studies that employ this method to understand how it is used. The next step is to determine how you will collect the data and how you will analyze it. How you analyze your data is often stipulated by the research method you chose. If you chose a quantitative method, you will use statistics (e.g., MANOVA, logistical regression, etc.) to analyze your data. The statistics you use will depend on the type of data (nominal, ordinal, interval, or ratio) and number of variables in your study. If you chose a qualitative method, your analysis might consist of organizing descriptive information into a story, creating concepts, or identifying themes.

Write a brief description of the research method and data collection method you plan to use for your dissertation. Then describe the specific type of analysis you might use (ANOVA, MANOVA, SEM, theming, concept analysis, etc.) to analyze your data and explain why. Be specific.