Mr Xisco Muñoz Espuig, a graduate in Sociology and Political Sciences and Consultant in International Cooperation visited Monrovia last 28th June to conduct lectures about the importance of the data in any research project.
Mr Muñoz facilitated several sessions at the project partners institutions, the Saint Joseph Catholic Hospital and the Liberian Medicine Health Regulatory Authority. The staff of both institutions participated with great interest in the capacity building sessions.
Mr Muñoz focused on the importance of the collecting and analysis of data in research projects, the unification of the data, types of data according to the research methods (Quantitative versus qualitative). He made the participants reflect about these questions:
What is data, and why is it important?; How to get the data we need?; Why is the analysis of data important?; why manage research data?
Whichever field you work in, or whatever your interests, you will almost certainly have come across a story about how “data” is changing the face of our world. It might be part of a study helping to cure a disease, boost a company’s revenue, make a building more efficient or be responsible for those targeted ads you keep seeing.
Data is simply another word for information.
Data analysis is a process used to transform, remodel and revise certain information (data) with a view to reach to a certain conclusion for a given situation or problem. Therefore, simply stating that data analysis is important for a research will be an understatement rather no research can survive without data analysis.
In addition, the attendants were reminded that there are a number of very good reasons why research data should be managed in an appropriate and timely manner: to ensure research integrity and validation of results and to increase research efficiency.
Mr Muñoz concluded that one of the most important uses of the data in research is that it helps in keeping human bias away from research with the help of proper statistical treatment. With the help of data, researchers can filter both qualitative and quantitative data for an assignment writing projects.
Thus, it can be said that data is of utmost importance for both the research and the researcher, or to put it in another words, Mr Muñoz added, data is important to a researcher as it is important for a doctor to diagnose the problem of the patient before giving him any treatment.