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CRB: Good Research Practices, Part II
Transcript of CRB: Good Research Practices, Part II
Part II -
STEP 1: PLAN
According to Scott Long, there are several subordinate steps to consider when developing your research plan
USING STATA IN THE PLANNING PHASE
Steps to Creating
of research along with timeline
division of labor
(if collaborative effort)
to get data and
it will be cleaned and stored
From your master plan for datasets
create and label variables
code missing data
to keep track of your created variables
STEP 2: ORGANIZE
Remember it is easier to keep track of your projects with a
Even if you turn your attention away from your project for months, your system should be able to tell you where you left off.
How you arrange your computer folders
and how you name your files within those folders
of your overall research; and
ensures you are providing the correct version of your files to ease
of your work.
(see Part I for more information about replication, efficiency and elegance)
Save all your files to your C:\ drive.
Create names/labels that do not reflect what is actually in the file.
Save newer versions of your files over older versions (never know when you may need to go back).
** You'll have a difficult time finding your files and keeping track of what you've already done or what you still need to do.**
Instead, Develop a Structure that Can Grow with You
for even greater specificity
Start with the Directory Name
USING STATA IN THE ORGANIZING PHASE
files within your directory / folder structure in ways that will help you easily identify the proper file to use given your step in the research process.
Use file names that begin with
for created variables files
for analysis files
for final version of files
Number versions in a way that works for you
STEP 3: DOCUMENT
Long's Law of Documentation
"It is always faster to document it
(Long 2009: p. 34)
What to Document
Create and print a
file that contains information about
USING STATA IN THE DOCUMENTING PHASE
in your .do files to
provide yourself with as much relevant and helpful information about the .do file as well as the files to which it relates.
in your .do files to
ensure that you and others know what a particular command or set of commands is intended to accomplish
Long, J. Scott. 2009. The Workflow of Data Analysis Using Stata. College Station, TX: Stata Press
STEP 4: REVIEW
The goal is to create a workflow that you will stick to and that can grow with you as the quantity and complexity of your projects increase.
If it is not working for you,