There are many approaches to reusing data, so there cannot be any hard and fast rules. However, here are some common steps:
- Get oriented to the original research project by reading the catalogue record and other documentation.
- Think about the project data – why was each type of data collected?
- Consider the original sample design and how it was implemented.
- Think about all levels of context of the original data (such as interaction, project, and societal).
- Find a way into the data; sometimes there is a lot of it! Often the best starting point may be case summaries or data lists.
- Develop analytic strategies – refining concepts by cross-collection comparisons or bringing cases and quantitative together.