# Need help understanding quantitative/qualitative research methods

#1
Hey,
I am currently doing a research proposal but am struggling to grasp whether the following method is quantitative/qualitative.

I am looking to analyse existing data on crime to analyse the effectiveness of certain policies.

If I were to do this using numerical data available online and create a graph to depict the correlation between crime and policies, what type of research would this be?

From what I have seen in class, quantitative is based upon surveys and experimental research, which my aforementioned method is neither, and qualitative includes interviews/focus groups, of which my method is neither.

Superr confused and a newbie to research methods - can anybody help?
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#2
(Original post by Lizz.98)
Hey,
I am currently doing a research proposal but am struggling to grasp whether the following method is quantitative/qualitative.

I am looking to analyse existing data on crime to analyse the effectiveness of certain policies.

If I were to do this using numerical data available online and create a graph to depict the correlation between crime and policies, what type of research would this be?

From what I have seen in class, quantitative is based upon surveys and experimental research, which my aforementioned method is neither, and qualitative includes interviews/focus groups, of which my method is neither.

Superr confused and a newbie to research methods - can anybody help?
The way I was taught it is to remember the root words - quantity = numbers, quality = words. I would say it is quantitative as it's numerical. I hope that helped
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6 months ago
#3
(Original post by Lizz.98)
Hey,
I am currently doing a research proposal but am struggling to grasp whether the following method is quantitative/qualitative.

I am looking to analyse existing data on crime to analyse the effectiveness of certain policies.

If I were to do this using numerical data available online and create a graph to depict the correlation between crime and policies, what type of research would this be?

From what I have seen in class, quantitative is based upon surveys and experimental research, which my aforementioned method is neither, and qualitative includes interviews/focus groups, of which my method is neither.

Superr confused and a newbie to research methods - can anybody help?
To add to your confusion, a lot of research in the social sciences is 'mixed methods' which combines quantitative and qualitative research methods. For instance, your main study design might be qualitative using focus groups/structured interviews, but these might be keyed and analysed quantitatively.

Your description of this is quantitative:

If I were to do this using numerical data available online and create a graph to depict the correlation between crime and policies, what type of research would this be?

Essentially, beware of trying to pigeonhole all research into either qual or quant. In real life, most social sciences uses elements of both types. I think you really need to go back to brass tacks and have a look at the different types of research methods and some features and benefits of each. I don't know what resources you're using, but I'd get a couple of introductory books relevant to your area of study to help you in this.
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6 months ago
#4
If your data can be put into a graph form or categorised then it is quantitative
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