This step in the Data Flow involves carrying out the actual field work and laboratory activities. High quality research requires data collection to have built-in checking and quality assurance procedures. This requires attention to the human side of the process - for example ensuring staff understand the importance of the work and are properly trained - as well as technical and organisational components.
Mobile Data Entry
Many researchers now use PDAs or tablet PCs and enter data directly in the field. If these devices are properly configured with all the necessary checks, they can help to reduce the data entry phase substantially thus making the data ready for analysis that much sooner. Included here is a video demonstrating the use of the mobile version of CS-Pro on a PDA.
Last updated: 10 January, 2012