theljparadox (theljparadox) wrote,
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Everyday Data: An Exciting New Adventure

(cross-posted to facebook and everydaydata.)
Dear Friends:

I think a lot of you know, I'm a pretty serious social science junkie. I am truly obsessed with figuring out what people do and why they do it. Over the course of the past year, I have been taking courses in theory, methodology, and a battery of sociological topics. I have also been preparing to conduct my thesis research on an expanded theory of student engagement at the university I am currently attending. All of this has made me thoroughly research-crazy. I can't get enough of survey design, data collection, and data analysis. It's on my mind all the time. However, my immediate trouble is that I don't have much outlet for this drive. My thesis research is stuck until I push my proposal through the approval process, and that's going to take at least a couple of weeks. And so, as I have a habit of doing, I have decided to strike out on an independent research endeavor. I'm calling it "Everyday Data."

I've created a livejournal account under the name everydaydata. This is where most of the action will happen. Here's how it's going to work:

-I will ask people what they're curious about knowing, and they can respond in comments on the LJ.
-I will choose interesting questions people pose, or interesting questions of my own, and I will design a small, casual study around it. These studies will mostly be quantitative SurveyMonkey things, but there will probably be some variation depending on the topic.
-I will put the survey into circulation through the LJ, Facebook, and Twitter, and will rely on friends to fill out the survey and pass it along to their friends.
-If enough people respond to the survey, I'll run the numbers and post the results to everydaydata, along with a discussion of what the numbers mean and what they might indicate. It might be as simple as me just saying what I think by looking at the descriptive stats, or if I get really good sample sizes, I might do more complex statistical acrobatics. It will all depend on the response.

So that's the deal. Maybe people will find it interesting, or maybe they won't. But I encourage as many of you as are willing to add "everydaydata" to your LJ friends list, and participate in this nonsense. The first survey will be coming out very soon.

Thanks!

-N.
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