The collection of data can be the deciding factor as to whether research is considered valid or not.

Statistics can be made to prove anything—even the truth.”
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The collection of data can be the deciding factor as to whether research is considered valid or not. In this Discussion, you will consider the different ways that data can be collected. You will also determine the best way to analyze data that will answer your research question.

Jacobsen, K.H. (2017). Introduction to health research methods. (2nd ed.). Burlington: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

  • Chapter 17, “Sample Size Estimation,” pp. 121–128
  • Chapter 18, “Questionnaire Development,” pp. 129–146
  • Chapter 19, “Surveys and Interviews,” pp. 147–154
  • Chapter 20, “Additional Assessments,” pp. 155–160
  • Chapter 21, “Secondary Analyses,” pp. 161–166
  • Chapter 22, “Systemic Reviews and Meta-Analyses,” pp. 167–180
  • Chapter 26, “Data Management,” pp. 215–222
  • Chapter 27, “Descriptive Statistics,” pp. 223–234
  • Chapter 28, “Comparative Statistics,” pp. 235–252
  • Chapter 29, “Regression Analysis,” pp. 253–269
  • Chapter 30, “Additional Analysis Tools,” pp. 269–274

Post a comprehensive response to the following:

  • Which method for collecting data and information is most appropriate for your research (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods)? Explain your answer.
  • Which statistical methods would be most appropriate for analyzing the data? Explain your answer.
  • What is an appropriate sample size for your research? Explain your answer.
  • Support all responses with scholarly resources.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Read the textbook chapters dealing with data collection and analysis
  • Consider your research topic, the results of your literature review, and your proposed research design