Review questions

Reflect on your understanding by working through these review questions.

  1. What is secondary analysis?
  2. In what ways is the secondary analysis of qualitative and quantitative data similar? How do they differ?
  3. What is a derived variable?
  4. Why might knowledge of context be important in analysing qualitative data? In what circumstances is it not important?
  5. What are the key considerations to be addressed when analysing (a) archived quantitative data and (b) archived qualitative data?
  6. What are the arguments in favour of the secondary analysis of data?
  7. What are the limitations of official statistics and how can researchers use official statistics?