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The Field Research Survival Guide$
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Arlene Rubin Stiffman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325522.001.0001

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Data Preparation and Data Standards: The Devil Is in the Details

Data Preparation and Data Standards: The Devil Is in the Details

(p.82) 5 Data Preparation and Data Standards: The Devil Is in the Details
The Field Research Survival Guide

Catherine M. Smith

Carolyn Breda

Tonya Simmons

Ana Regina Vides de Andrade

Leonard Bickman

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses data management concerns, focusing less on instrument formatting and more on the process of data entry choices, documentation, hiring, and naming variables. It starts with a discussion of data standards. It details issues related to getting data into an electronic format. These include budgeting money and time, the skills needed for data entry, creating a data entry program, naming variables, formatting, and creating a codebook. The chapter presents guides for cleaning data before and after data entry, tracking project-related data, and archive documentation.

Keywords:   data entry, documentation, variables, codebook, electronic formats, budgeting, data cleaning

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