Research Methods

Data Analysis

Data analysis involves looking at the raw data you have collected in your research with the aim of identifying patterns and trends before drawing conclusions which attempt to answer your original research question. In this computer-based activity, students use the free 'Analyse This!' tutorial to analyse both qualitative and quantitative data. The exercise takes around an hour in total.

Discover More Guiding students through the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.



The tutorial is divided into the following sections:
  • Introduction to data

  • Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative data.

  • Qualitative data analysis.

  • Quantitative data analysis.

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