Task 1 (600-700 words):
A.C.1.1 – Examine the nature of data and information
Data comprises of factual information. Data are the facts from which information is derived. Data is not necessarily informative on its own but needs to be structured, interpreted, analysed and contextualised. Once data undergoes this process, it transforms in to information. Information should be accessible and understood by the reader without needing to be interpreted or manipulated in any way.
Knowledge is the framework for understanding information and using it to inform judgements, opinions, predictions and decisions – a pyramidal relationship (See diagram 1)
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Qualitative and quantitative methods both have uses in data capture and analyses. It would be crude to label one method better than the other. The best method depends on the nature of data and the outcome researchers hope to achieve. Often a mixed methodological approach can be informative in my practice. So the approaches are not mutually exclusive.
Primary and secondary data/information can both be useful depending on the objective of data collection. Primary data can be transformed into secondary