13 Nov ESS IA planning
This criterion assesses the extent to which you have developed appropriate methods to gather data that is relevant to the research question. The data could be primary or secondary, qualitative or quantitative, and may utilize techniques associated with both experimental or social science methods of inquiry.
Here, the emphasis is on the development of the methodology of the investigation. ESS allows for a broad range of studies that could be scientific or social-science based. The criterion has been designed to allow for assessment of a wide range of types of study. So, for example, when justifying the choice of the sampling strategy, this could mean explaining the method of sampling recipients in a questionnaire, but could also mean the selection of the number of repeats and the control of variables in a laboratory test. The important idea is that the methodology is appropriate to the focused research question, that there is sufficient data generated to lead to a conclusion, and that the rationale is explained clearly.
Many ESS studies will involve ethical or safety considerations. You must address this, where necessary, paying attention to the IB animal experimentation policy (which includes guidelines on working with human subjects).
Data Collection Ideas
• Values and Attitude Surveys and Questionnaires
• Ecosystem Modelling
• Models (physical, software, mathematical)
• Field Manipulation Experiments
• Lab Work
• Secondary Data (must use unique data)
• Qualitative and Quantitate Data
• A Combination of any of the above