Lecture 4 MLOS 500_O

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Writing Data Collection and Analysis Plans:

MLOS 500 B Writing Data Collection and Analysis Plans

The Data Collection Assignment:

The Data Collection Assignment Three paragraphs Who is the proposed population, What is your sampling frame? What do you expect will be your actual sample? Why is the sample an appropriate representation of the population? Ethical issues How will participants give consent? What are the risks and benefits to participation? How will you protect rights of participants How will you recruit participants Will you send reminders? What instructions will you provide? Any debriefing?

Sample Assignment:

Sample Assignment This sample is based on the survey concerning work-life conflict Proposed population— Users of Facebook that are connected through friends networks; students in MLOS classes and connections they may have; students of colleagues at other universities. In other words, the population is not clearly defined, and will become more defined when respondent characteristics are examined.

Sample Assignment, continued:

Sample Assignment, continued Ethical issues Participants will be assumed to have provided consent by continuing to complete the survey. Introduction will indicate that. There are no foreseen risks or benefits to participation. Information requested is low-threat. Participant rights will be protected by reporting data in aggregate format only.

Sample Assignment, continued:

Sample Assignment, continued Participants will be recruited through Facebook, MLOS classes, and network of colleagues No reminders will be sent. Instructions on the landing page: The purpose of this survey is to examine the way in which people balance their work and personal lives. It is being conducted by Ruth Anna Abigail. She can be reached at [email protected] This survey should take 10 minutes to complete. Your answers are confidential and cannot be linked to you in any way. If you decide not to complete the survey, you may exit it any time by selecting the "Exit Survey" button in the top right of your screen. Completing the survey and submitting your results indicates your consent to participate in the research. No debriefing will be provided, although when results are analyzed, they will be sent to groups originally recruited.

The Data Analysis Assignment:

The Data Analysis Assignment One paragraph per hypothesis in your study Identify the variables in the hypothesis Identify their scale of measurement (nominal, ordinal, interval) Identify the information you will generate from data

Sample Data Analysis Assignment:

Sample Data Analysis Assignment Hypothesis: People who work over 40 hours a week will report higher levels of work-life conflict than people who work fewer than 40 hours a week.

Sample Data Analysis Assignment, continued:

Sample Data Analysis Assignment, continued Variables: N umber of hours worked, measured by Question 1: My regular work week averages less than 30 hours/31-40 hours/41-50 hours/51-60 hours/over 60 hours This is ordinal data Work-life conflict, measured by Responses to question 5 (7 questions from a work-life conflict scale) This is interval level data

Sample Data Analysis Assignment, continued:

Sample Data Analysis Assignment, continued Information that will be created from the data gathered Will report demographics of respondents Most frequent answer for hours worked Types of occupations represented Most frequent response for overtime compensation Average response to work-life conflict questions

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