Summarize 3 data collection techniques (Interviews, Surveys, Observations, Focus Groups, etc.). Compare and contrast the 3 data collection techniques you selected. Lastly, what collection techniques do you prefer and why?
Data Visualization: A Handbook for Data Driven Design
Under the main three basic groups of research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed), there are different tools that can be used to collect data. Data collection techniques include: interviews – which normally involves a dialogue with the researcher setting the agenda and asking questions and the interviewee being cast in the role of respondent; observations (direct and participant) – by which you gather knowledge of the researched phenomenon through making observations of the phenomena, as when it occurs; and questionnaires – forms which are completed and returned by respondent. The difference between the three is that questionnaire method involves emailing questionnaire to respondents in a written format. On the contrary, interview method is one wherein the interviewer communicates to the respondent orally. Observational method, on the other hand, are the facts and figures obtained by watching, either mechanically or in person, how people behave.