Primary and Secondary Sources of Data

Primary and Secondary Sources of Data


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Primary data source and Pros and Cons

Primary data sources are collected and observed for the first time, or the change of raw information into new forms as an outcome or event of analysis. Quantitative and Qualitative data are primary sources that collect information using interviews, surveys, focus groups, and direct observations. Quantitative data is measurable and is used when including the number of people, circumstances, and behaviors (NIH, 2018). The data is also great in determining distinct and health-related events that include one’s age, weight, demographics, and individuals suffering from a disease (NIH, 2018). Qualitative data is observed but not measured and use non-numerical information. Raw information is a good primary data source as it is important in advancing science, and the information can be reproduced or shared for future analysis. Raw data is a great way of sharing information and problematic at the same time as some researchers get different outcomes from using the raw data and some of the raw data provide problems in publication bias (Carroll et al., 2017).

Secondary data source and Pros and Cons

Secondary data sources are used to build on what has been provided by primary resources through examining, combining, and discussing the information. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System would be an example of a secondary data source as this surveillance system gets information disseminated from the CDC, state, local school, health agencies, and governments (J. Michael Underwood, 2020). The (YRBSS) is very beneficial as the information provided gathers data and monitor the occurrences of health dangers, and behaviors among youths. Information that is provided to the (YRBSS) includes alcohol/drug use, violence, and unintentional injuries, sexually transmitted disease, poor physical activity, obesity, and asthma (J. Michael Underwood, 2020). Strengths of the (YRBSS) is that it can provide data that can be compared across states and among individual authorities and the nation and it is very timely when reporting results on data collection (J. Michael Underwood, 2020). Improvements of the (YRBSS) is that surveys and population reporting do not capture the results of all adolescents for accurate surveillance.


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