Thesis Research: Data Analysis

EPOL 599 refers to Thesis Credit. Because conducting your study, analyzing your data, drafting your dissertation, etc. all takes time, it is recommended that you spread out how many credits you register for each semester.

Maintain your Checklist

During your Data Collection

  1. Conduct a pre-analysis with partial data to pilot your analysis process
  2. Evaluate your analysis plan and the data collection instruments
  3. Build your data analysis formulas so once you have the data, you can paste it in
  4. Be thinking of how you’ll present your data once it is all collected; what types of graphs or tables will depict this data the best?

After your Data Collection

Once your data collection is complete, follow your data analysis plan. Document the process you are following and any deviations from that plan. Explain the reason for the deviation.

As you analyze your data, begin to consider how your qualitative and quantitative data (or different data sources) align with one another (how will you present the triangulation of your data in a meaningful way?