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The Influence of the Method of Data Collection on the Validity of Findings from the Field of Social Services
The Influence of the Method of Data Collection on the Validity of Findings from the Field of Social Services

Author(s): Mirka Wildmannova, Simona ŠKARABELOVÁ
Subject(s): Methodology and research technology
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: Social services; nonprofit organizations, survey; data description; quantitative research;
Summary/Abstract: Hendl (2005, p. 161) believes that the selection of a method should be dictated by the research question. Similarly, Ochrana (2009, 14) writes that the selection of methodology significantly determines the choice of research methods. According to Disman (2009, 287) the research process starts with an observation and data collection. Each research design should clearly define the use of quantitative and qualitative data or the combination of both the methods and data sets (Punch 2008, 74). Quantitative research, whose outcomes we discuss in our paper, requires, as its fundamental method, the collection of data that can then be compared and analyzed by chosen criteria.