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Benefits of Data Sharing
Pages 9-14

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From page 9...
... Secondary analysis frequently, but not necessanly, depends on the use of multipurpose data sets. Data sharing is essential for all verifications and all secondary analyses; it may or may not be involved in replications.
From page 10...
... Investigators need to compare analyses on different data sets across time or across locations" in order to generalize findings about social phenomena. Existing data from several sources may be reexamined from a cross-temporal or international perspective.
From page 11...
... to develop new models and analyses of criminal victimization that may improve data collection and reporting. Encouraging More Appropriate Use of Empirical Data in Policy Formulation and Evaluation In policy settings, the models and methods of analysis used for data are often shaped and structured by expectations associated with particular advocacy positions.
From page 12...
... Development of Theoretical Knowledge and Knowledge of Analytic Technique Wider data sharing win better documentation of data sets should contribute to better theories and analytic techniques. Ideas for constructively changing or refining concepts and methods would be obtained sooner and more.frequently, and He interplay between theories and data would be stimulated if welldocumented observations were generally at hand.
From page 13...
... When existing data sets are not adequate for applying and testing new theories, the theories may suggest what kinds of data sets would be more useful. Wider data sharing combined with existing and developing computer technology creates opportunities for comparing results of various techniques on given data as well as results of a given technique on various data.
From page 14...
... Second, the data can be used as exercises in applying different analytic techniques, in drawing inferences, and in encouraging original approaches to analyses. Multiple use of data sets can clearly reduce the number of data collections that are undertaken, saving the time and effort of respondents who furnish information as well as the time and money of researchers who gather it.

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