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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

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

Carolyn Breda

Tonya Simmons

Ana Regina Vides de Andrade

Leonard Bickman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325522.003.0005

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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