Gathering Information

 What is gathering information?

Data collecting, in other words, means asking people questions, like how old they are, where they went to school, and what they do. Data collecting helps people answer questions by gathering facts.

Science is finding facts by collecting data. Data collection is done by making sure you get the right information.

Data is information that is collected by researchers and teachers. The information answers questions, and it helps people learn more about the world.

How many types of data can there be? There are 2 types of it.

Data collection is the process of gathering information and testing things to see if they work. Lots of companies, like Facebook and Google, do this all the time.

Basically, data is information. Information comes from the things we see and do and the things that happen around us. By using "data" you can measure things and make facts about those things. For example, if you look at a baby, you can say it has two eyes, a nose, a mouth, one stomach, two hands, five fingers on each hand, feet that are very small, etc. You notice all these things, like:

We go to school and talk to people about their feelings. We want to find out how people feel about stuff so we can make better decisions.

Usually that is called qualitative research.

It is important to get facts about a situation before you try to solve the problem. The first step is deciding on the variables you want to measure and then measuring them. Next, you have to make a profile of the people who are affected by the problem that you're trying to solve. If you don't know about the people who are affected by a problem, it's hard to design an effective solution for them. After you collect information about the people who are affected by a problem, what are you missing?

When you want to know facts about something, you need to ask a lot of people. This might be hard, so we're trying to make it easier.

People work very hard to make sure everything goes right. We use numbers and measurements, and sometimes we use tests, surveys, quizzes, questionnaires.

One way to do it is: We send out a lot of people to ask questions. We try to choose people who will answer them the same way over and over again. We try to choose people who live in different places so we can compare the answers from different places.