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Describing and justifying data analysis to ethics committees

I am required to present a proposal to an ethics committee in order for them to approve my research project. I have no background in statistics, but am required to describe my methods for analysing the data which I have accrued from self-reporting questions. I can say that I would seek the help of a statistician, or use a certain computer programme, but I have to show the committee that I know something about analysing the data of self-reporting questionnaires.

My questionnaire has been checked by my supervisor who thought it was a reasonable one for a first attempt. However, I feel that it is very much the work of a novice and therefore lacks structure for data analysis. Is coding an option?

There is only one Likert Scale question but many questions offering a choice of from three to seven items. Example When I was in hospital, I sat in a chair, went for a walk, went outside in my bed etc. etc. The participant was allowed to circle more than one answer. The data analysis paragraph is only one small part of the whole report but the one I am stuck on. I just need a 'hand up' and in the meantime will keep reading. The questionnaire contains some open ended questions (qualitative) but am fine with analysing those.

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The main issues with regard to data analysis of the responses to your questionnaire are the size of the study, the funds you have available and the timescale involved. Most importantly, the number of questionnaires completed and the number of questions on each questionnaire. For a small scale study of say 30 people with a 20 question response, it would be quite acceptable to do the 'counting' yourself, even with the Likert scale questions and the multiple response questions. For example:-

- responses to any single closed questions can be counted and presented as a ...

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