Advantages And Disadvantages Of Primary Data Collection To A Researched Study. Can You Help?


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Primary data is collected via methods such as surveys, questionnaires and interviews and it comes with a variety of advantages and disadvantages.

One of the main advantages of collecting primary data is the amount of control the researchers have. This allows them to determine the type of method they will use in collecting the data and how long it will take them to get the data, thus enabling them to focus on specific aspects of their research

The other main advantage is the fact that a primary data collection focuses on the specific issues, unlike secondary data which may contain details that are not needed by the researcher. This means that the researchers will only set out to find more information about specific issues that matters to the; what’s more they have different methodologies to use, ranging from focus groups to email.

The best thing about using primary collection methods is the researchers will be presented with original and unbiased data.  Unlike the secondary collection methods, the researchers will directly interact with the source of information and get the data that is original and not analysed to suit specific premises.

One disadvantage of primary data collection is that it consumes a lot of time. The researchers will need to make certain preparations in order to handle the different demands of the processes and at the same time, manage time effectively.

Besides time consumption, the researchers will collect large volumes of data when they collect primary data. Since they will interact with different people, they will end up with large volumes of data, which they will need to go through when analyzing and evaluating their findings.

With these advantages and disadvantages in mind, primary data collection is a popular choice for many people because it is reliable and focused on specific areas of interest, making it easy for the users to control the type of data they collect.
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amber Jhon answered
Primary data is the data which the researcher collects through various methods like interviews, surveys, questionnaires etc. Some advantages and disadvantages of primary data are as follows:

The first advantage of primary data is that it can can be collected from a number of ways like interviews, telephone surveys, focus groups etc. Secondly, it can be also collected across the national borders through emails and posts. Thirdly, it can include a large population and wide geographical coverage. Fourthly, it is relatively cheap and no prior arrangements are required. Moreover, primary data is current and it can better give a realistic view to the researcher about the topic under consideration.

On the other hand, the major disadvantage of primary data is that it has design problems like how to design the surveys. The questions must be simple to design a general lingo (understandable). Some respondents do not give timely responses. Sometimes, the respondents may give fake, socially acceptable and sweet answers and try to cover up the realities. In some primary data collection methods there is no control over the data collection. Incomplete questionnaire always give a negative impact on research.

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Anonymous Profile
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Advantage and disadvantage of secondary data
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Advantage and disadvantage of secondary data
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Disadvantages of primary resources is that the original data is completed by a second person.

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