ABSTRACT

Getting your own data and looking at it, I could do that. Kier, young researcher

Introduction Once your young researchers have generated some data, they will be ready to begin the process of analysis. Raw data by itself is meaningless. It needs to be organised and scrutinised. The findings of the research emerge as part of this process. Consequently, it is vital that data analysis is approached systematically. It can form a single phase of the research process – when there is only one set of data to deal with, for example – or might be carried out as and when different data sets are generated. Indeed, as was mentioned in the previous chapter, the findings emerging from the analysis of one set of data might provide a catalyst for further investigation.