Consider how you will maintain, organise, and keep track of the data that you collect in the field. Data management comprises “activities that prepare the data for analysis” (Knafl et al. 1988).
Several tools can be useful here, including:
The choice of, access to, and availability of research tools will be determined by factors including:
Always come prepared with a fallback plan for recording your data in case of accidents. This includes:
Always make sure to back-up your data regularly in case you accidently delete, lose or destroy the original copy of your data.
See the Research Training Module on Data Management for more information on this topic.