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Data Collection Methods

Your method for collecting data will directly influence your ability to protect participants’ privacy and confidentiality. Explaining your method clearly to the Board will help them to approve your protocol and in some cases, allow them to designate a protocol as exempt. This section highlights some of the more common data collection methods used by social and behavioral scientists; this section doesn’t cover data that is already collected, so if you are using archival data in your study, see the Archival Data section.  If you are collecting data from your own students, see University Students as Participants for additional suggestions for using this population.

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Observations
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Instruments and Tests

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