An anthropology colleague asked me to do a brief explanation of network analysis and theory for a field research class (Thanks Ned Searles!).
One part of teaching I love is when the process of vocalizing ideas leads me to say something I never heard but sounds good.
Today, in discussing the options for types of data, and thinking about survey versus participant observation, I said:
“Data that is easy to collect is not always the data most worth collecting.”
I was thinking about how much of the research grind, especially in an ever bigger and more status-conscious world of publishing we live in, is driven not by good questions, but by available data.