# The description of collecting data and the nature of the data

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## The description of collecting data and the nature of the data

ASSIGNMENT 4: DATA ANALYSIS (GROUP)
In the preceding section of your Research Project, you described how you collected data (Research Methods). Now, you will analyze your data. [Note: These guidelines may vary by group because of the nature of your data.]

1. Firstly, begin with an introductory paragraph describing how much data you collected or how – and any descriptive information to transition from your Research Methods to your Analysis. Compile and also analyze your data, and discuss your findings – as follows. Take your time to tell a story to your reader about findings.

2. Secondly, report descriptive – that is, univariate statistics for your respondents/subjects/study sites. First, describe (in words) how many respondents and the demographic characteristics of your respondents (such as gender, age, years on or other descriptive information) OR study sites . (Do not repeat information discussed in Research Methods.)

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a. For example, “Respondents ranged from 27 to 52 but the average age of 79 respondents was 32.” b. Or “The age group of 35-45 was most common in the study; 65% of 49 respondents fell in this age range.” You are telling your reader – in words – the key information presented in your tables. c. Data were obtained from 65 law enforcement agencies; 64% were municipal police departments, 20% were county law enforcement agencies; and also 16% were campus police departments (see Table 4). d.

3. Thirdly, describe (in words) descriptive (univariate) statistics for your other variables, summarizing findings also presented in your statistical tables (see next bullet). a. You will likely want to discuss each variable – or question – from your survey or data compilation. You can organize these descriptions so that the flow makes sense. Take the reader along as you tell your story. One paragraph per variable is reasonable. b. For example, “Survey respondents were asked about their views on how fulfilling their law enforcement career had been to them personally; 85% of respondents, 87 of 102 surveyed, agreed – strongly or somewhat strongly – that their career had been professionally fulfilling to them; only 15% disagreed, and also no respondent strongly disagreed (see Table 3).” 2 c. Again, use both percentages and report the frequency or number of cases.