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Doing research: data collection and analysis

The quality of your research is dependent on the quality of the data you collect. It is important that you are collecting the right data to answer your research question and that your data is accurate and reliable.

Data collection

For information about collecting good quality data, see:

Bruton A, Ellis-Hill C. Chapter 1.9: Collecting good quality data. In: Moore A, Lyon P (ed.). Getting involved in research: a pocket guide. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, National Physiotherapy Research Network, 2009.

Collecting good quality data

Data analysis

There are many online resources for different types of data analysis. Some are listed below.

For information on formal training in data analysis see research careers and training or for support see see networking and support.

CSP library collection and online library catalogue

The CSP’s online public access library catalogue contains over 10,000 items, including books, CSP publications, journals, theses and ‘grey’ literature held in the CSP collection in London.

Many of these items are available for CSP members to borrow. The catalogue also lists useful websites, e-books and e-documents, with web links direct to the content.

CSP library collection and online library catalogue

Online journals

The CSP has negotiated a package of online resources for members, including full text access to some journals.

Online journals

For details of the full text access status for any journal, view the journal’s record in the online library catalogue.

Bibliographic databases

The CSP subscribes to a range of allied health and medical databases which CSP members can access.

Some databases also provide full text access to part of their content. Non-CSP members can access a range of free databases.

Bibliographic databases

Quantitative

Walters SJ. Using statistics in research. NHS National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service EM/YH; 2007, last updated 2009.

Using statistics in research

Gray L. Statistical Aspects of Grant Proposals. NHS National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service East Midlands, 2010.

Statistical Aspects of Grant Proposals

Spiers N, Manktelow B, Hewitt MJ. Practical Statistics Using SPSS. NHS National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service EM/YH; 2007, last updated 2009.

Practical Statistics Using SPSS

Qualitative

Lacey A, Luff D. Qualitative data analysis. NHS National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service EM/YH; 2007, last updated 2009.

Qualitative data analysis

Health economics

Miller P. Health Economic Evaluation. NHS National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service EM/YH; 2009.

Health Economic Evaluation

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