In this chapter, research is defined, as well as the steps of the research process. Readers will be able to develop a research question and corresponding hypothesis, to identify the independent and dependent variables, and to determine the type of data to be collected in order to answer the research question. Criteria for causality and bias are also discussed. In the chapter, methods for data collection are discussed, along with the two types of data that can be collected: quantitative and qualitative data. In addition, the differences between the types of data are explained. Some basics of study design are included as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Health Research Methods for Partnerships and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781498785075
ISBN (Print)9781315155722
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


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