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Data Collection Tools

As technology continues to progress, so does our ability to use these tools for research purposes.  Photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, and the Internet are the most common tools used in social and behavioral science research. These tools are effective and important to the research process, and their correct use should be encouraged.  As you use these tools to collect information about your participants, please keep in mind that as the level of identity captured on the data recording increases, so does the risk to participants. Thus it is important for you to develop secure data collection and storage methods, as well as appropriate consent procedures that explain your use of the data collection tool and the participant’s options regarding their data.

Section Topics

Recording Devices: Photography, Audio, and Video
Informed Consent for Recording Devices
>>Observing Behavior
>>Studying Internet Use
>>Using the Internet to Collect Data

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