TRI Research Inititative

Benefits of Survey Design

Separation of Data Collection and Analysis

Once the database of responses reaches a 'critical mass', the data, (minus any identifying information, will be available to researchers of various theoretical positions for analysis and interpretation. This separation of data collection and data analysis allows for multiple, independent analyses of the same data; resulting in numerous advantages, including:

Experiencers will only have to describe themselves once, but they will contribute to any number of research projects. Not having to face the same questions again and again for each research project, experiencers may decide to answer questions, reducing the possiblity that research results will be dismissed or discredited because of questions that were not asked, or that were worded differently by different researchers.

Since all participants contribute to the same database, they avoid the possibility that their input will be ignored or misrepresented.

Since all researchers query the same database, they will avoid claims that they've based their conclusions on an unrepresentative portion of the data. Moreover, researchers will query a much larger database; thus, reducing claims that their conclusions are based on small sample sizes.same database.

Once the database has reached 'critical mass' New or specialized questionnaires can be presented to a large population quickly. For example, if someone suddenly wanted to know whether the proportion of left-handers who report, say, an Old Hag Attack differs from the proportion of left-handers in the general population, there is no need to start a new project to gather case of Old Hag Attacks in order to answer this question. A simple query to the database will send an email to those who've reported Old Hag Attacks informing them that a new inquiry will be available at their next login.