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Planning data management

Research data management should begin before the start of any data collection. Even when using secondary data for your research project (for example, from a large longitudinal population study), it is useful to plan how you will manage the data and address any associated issues before you access or analyse the data.

Data management plans

A first step is to create a data management plan (DMP). These are structured documents that outline how you will manage any data collected or used in the research project.

Many research funding organisations require that applications for funding include a Data Management Plan, particularly for projects that will be collecting primary data.

University guidance

Universities and institutions often have information and guidance on writing data management plans. Some also offer bespoke services where your plan can be reviewed ahead of any grant submissions.