University of Louisiana Monroe Data Analysis Plan

The group must present possible secondary data sets for their research project. The group will not be analyzing the data but the team needs to identify and locate the data they could analyze to answer their research questions and/or test hypotheses. (Think about all the different secondary data sets presented in Table 6.4 of the course text, pgs. 196-201).

• The group must turn in one document that outlines the possible data set(s) and discusses how the data will be able to answer their research questions (i.e. what variables in the data set can be utilized).

Keep in mind it may be hard to find the “perfect” data. When using secondary data, there likely will be limits on what you can find – and that’s okay. Limits with available data can be part of your discussion on the limitations of your research. Find the best data you can given your research question and variables.

Please continue to ask clarifying questions about any pieces of the Research Project. I will continue to do my best to help each group create a successful project.

A few more points about Part III:

A secondary data set for will not come from other articles per se, as what is presented in scholarly articles is results from that author’s analysis. Secondary data is data some else collected but you don’t want their results – you want to propose a way to analyze it yourself. You want to think about your independent variables and your dependent variables – what data set measures these? Typically you would locate one data set that would have your variables (or a good proxy) and allow for you to create a model for analysis. You may find a data set used by another scholar from reading the article but then you want to find the original data set for your own use.