Data can be collected in a variety of ways. This assignment focuses on the use of an observational study, which we use every day but not necessarily in a conscious way as part of a predetermined evaluation process. The first part of the Observational Studies and Experiments video provides some insights into conducting an observational study.
We casually use observational data routinely in our day-to-day personal decision-making. It involves basing decisions on what we have observed. But what about a formal observational study? Can it provide the type of data necessary to facilitate effective decision-making?
Design and conduct a simple observational study to consider the questions brought up in the theory section above.
In a 3-4 page paper:
Summarize the observational study.
Evaluate the information collected.
Research the positive and negative aspects of observational data.
Correlate the information from your research to what you experienced as part of your study.
Provide a final analysis/recommendation regarding the use of observational data.
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