What Are Benefits Of Secondary Data And Limitations?


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Ebony Nash Profile
Ebony Nash answered
Secondary data has the obvious benefit of being already existing information that has been gathered. This can instantly cut down on cost for a research project on assuming the relevant information can be obtained easily. Information can be gathered using databases that have already been established. These can be through organisations or commercial business that would have had to carry out the research initially and would have the results stored on databases for public viewing. These will be kept in a computerised database and can cover a wide variety of subjects; the best place to find them would be in the library.

Government agencies are exceptionally good for this, especially for demographic data, special industry reports and employment data; you can also gather census information and historical information. Other sources of secondary data can be periodicals, specialist marketing reports, industry magazines, Chamber of Commerce, Government statistic and Trade associations.

There are limitations of secondary data. The relevance refers to just how well the information sourced fits the research. The data collected may cover the topic you need but it may not fit the requirements of the particular problem. Secondary data can be vague and ambiguous and may not have enough content to help evidence findings.

The actual information gathered could possibly be inaccurate and time will have to be taken to double check the source, this can be time consuming. The data must also be checked to make sure it is not redundant information and dated.

The company, and this could include a government body or particular department, may not be very reputable which could undermine your work. Even if you do manage to strike lucky with getting all the other issues ironed out, there may not be insufficient data to cover the complete requirements of the research and assist in informing its development.
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Lily James answered

Secondary Data is an important component of research. It is related to collection and processing of data by people rather than the researcher. The common sources of Secondary data are Census, large surveys, organizational records etc. Secondary data is considered as the data you have gathered from Primary sources to create a new research in sociology. Whereas in historical research, It is considered as a summary of a book or set of records.

Following are the benefits of Secondary Data:

- Time saving
- Does not involve collection data
- Provides a larger database as compared to primary data.

Its limitations can be as follows:

- Reliability is not guaranteed.
- It does not permit progression of formulating research question to designing methods for answering that question.
- The Secondary researcher can not engage in making observations and developing concepts.
- The source of the data is not guaranteed.

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