Data Collection Strategies – Coursework Example

Data Collection Strategies Data Collection Strategies Two different data collection strategies that could potentially be implemented within the study analyzing the impact of group support of stress in the workplace include a face to face interview and web based surveying. Both have their inherent strengths and weaknesses, but the face to face interview method would likely be most appropriate in this particular situation. Face to face interview allow the researcher to probe deeper into participant responses. If a response generated would benefit from additional insight being provided by the participant, then the researcher is free to cover that participate topic more in-depth. This is simply not an available option when conducting a web based survey. In addition, web based surveys, while they do enable the researcher to obtain data from a much larger potential participant pool, allow doubt to creep into the integrity of participant responses. Unless the survey itself is scientifically constructed to guard against participants simply marking the survey items without actually reading what is being asked, the researcher might obtain biased and flawed data. Such a survey construction is difficult to achieve and, even then, participants might not answer truthfully. For this project, it is important to gain the unique insight and perceptions that individual in a group setting have towards how stress can best be reduced in the workplace. The face to face interview can help facilitate this by enabling the researcher to read body language and encourage follow up feedback (Porter & Whitcomb, 2007). It is also important to note that participants will likely be more truthful in their responses when sitting face to face with the researcher.

Porter, S. R. & Whitcomb, M. E. (2007). Mixed-mode contacts in web surveys: Paper is not necessarily better. Public Opinion Quarterly, 71.