Explain how these challenges can affect the process and results of data analysis. Also, explain how such challenges may vary depending on the audience who receives the analysis results.
As a health educator, you can be faced with inherent challenges and concerns in the data analysis process.
For example, survey questions must be formed using clear language that the target population can understand. Any data collection methods, such as focus groups or key informant interviews, must maintain consistent question format and unbiased prompts from the researcher. If a target population stems from a wide variety of educational backgrounds or language proficiencies, it is imperative that the researcher is mindful about translating the information accurately while maintaining the efficacy of the words so that they do not lose meaning. Finally, data collectors must be trained in a focused and methodical manner to ensure reliable and consistent data collection (Shea et al, 2012).
For this Discussion, read this week’s resources. Then, consider the steps to be taken to analyze health assessment data for a community.
Post by Day 3 an explanation of one or two challenges that may occur during the process of analyzing a community’s health assessment data. Explain how these challenges can affect the process and results of data analysis. Also, explain how such challenges may vary depending on the audience who receives the analysis results.
Remember to begin interacting with your colleagues in the Discussion no later than Day 5 and continue engaging through Day 7 by responding to one or more colleagues about how to address the challenges posted by them.
Support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.