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Research: Use of Data & Statistics

When utilizing research data, it is important to be knowledgeable about the data set(s) you are drawing from, and to think critically about the information source. Critical questions to consider when using data in your work:

  • Where did the funding for the research come from?
  • Who conducted the research, and with whom are they affiliated?
  • What was the purpose of the study?
  • What was the data collection strategy?
  • How reliable and valid are the data collection and measurement tools used?
  • What populations were included/excluded?
  • How are the key research terms defined (such as intimate partner violence, sexual coercion, or rape)?
  • What questions were asked, and how?
  • When was the information gathered?
  • How were the data coded, analyzed, and reported?

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