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.Nursing: Stats & Data

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Evaluating Stats or Data Sets

Before you include stats or a data set in your research project consider the following:

  • Who collected and published the statistics? What are their credentials?
  • What data or statistics is being reported? What populations are included?
  • Is the information current enough? 
    (NOTE: There is often a delay between data collection and data reporting because analysis takes time.)
  • Why was the information collected? Who are the intended users? Was it collected as part of the organization's mission? for advocacy? for business purposes? (i.e. trying to sell a product.)
  • How were the statistics collected? Were any samplings or surveys done scientifically?

Data & Statistics