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3.2 Data analysis

Analyse the data collected

This phase should start as soon as the first instances of data are collected and recorded. While the nature of the research question dictates the appropriate methods for analysis, a cornerstone for this phase is to give an opportunity to proactively engage participants in this process.  

Citizens might think that this is a phase reserved for data experts and scientists. But this is absolutely not true! Citizens have valuable situated knowledge that can contribute to interpreting data and results. 

Organising open events and workshops where data are presented and discussed can foster their participation in data analysis. To achieve this, you might need to employ tools that help you visualise data or aggregate them as the volume of data collected increases.

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You can use a combination of methods to identify the most concerning issue. Each of them will be most suitable for achieving certain purposes.