If you are writing a data management plan there is in depth guidance available.
Use this checklist when considering remote data collection:
Please see this document for guidance on how Covid-19 affects ethical approval of research projects. This includes guidance on:
switching to remote data collection
research in prison, probation, and healthcare settings
If you are switching to remote data collection and have ethical approval and a data management plan for your original collection method please write a new data management plan and submit it with your new ethics application.
Bear in mind the impact of the current situation, particularly if you are researching health or social care issues.
Here are some key points to consider:
There are various ways in which you can conduct interviews or focus groups remotely. Which one you use depends on a number of factors, in particular the technology which is available to you and your respondents.
Phone or video calls:
Interview via e-mail or documents:
You may be able to conduct an interview via an e-mail exchange. It is best to use an encrypted email service. If instead you would like to use documents for the interactions, it is best to use a secure drop-off service such as https://zendto.shu.ac.uk using an agreed password, or sending an encrypted document. You should also scan documents for viruses.
The following tools can be used for qualitative and quantitative data gathering such as surveys and questionnaires.
We recommend against using other tools such as SurveyMonkey. Free accounts on such services are limited, for example they may offer a small number of questions, and there are concerns about where the data is stored.
You can also find useful information from the following sites:
There may be a data set which you can use instead of remote data collection: explore our list of data sources.