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Data collection

Details part3:

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct internal and external research to determine previously
attempted solutions and potential solutions that could be implemented to solve identified problem.

For this assignment, you will need to create an Excel spreadsheet that summarizes the data collection
you have completed. The spreadsheet should indicate the date on which particular data were collected,
the source of the data collected, the type of data (qualitative or quantitative), and a one or two
sentence summary of the data findings. Name the Excel spreadsheet as follows:
lastname.firstname.datacollection.xlsx

Please note that as part of the research process, taking the initiative to speak with management and
then requesting and reviewing business metrics and operations reports will allow you to find the data
you need for the project while also showing your employer that you can be proactive and use critical
thinking to solve problems within the organization.

Part 1:

The first step in data collection is to conduct research. You are looking for specific, measurable data
(statistics and numbers) related how the problem is affecting the organization. This information should
be recorded in the form of a chart or graph that presents the data so key decision makers can see the
"cost" of failing to address the problem. Use the Topic Materials for assistance with creating Excel
graphs and charts that can be used to illustrate your findings.

Part 2:

Next, conduct additional research to learn what has already been done to address this problem within
the organization. Ask questions and interview individuals who assisted with the implementation of
previous solutions used to address the problem. Prior to meeting with individuals, develop a list of
questions about previous solutions. Consider factors such as customer importance, efficiency, quality,
employee satisfaction, and cost effectiveness. You will want to make sure you ask questions that allow
you to gather measurable data and include information about how successful previous solution options
were in addressing each of the problems. When you have completed your research, the findings should
be summarized using at least one chart or graph that represents the data you have collected. Use the
Topic Materials for assistance with creating Excel graphs and charts that can be used to illustrate your
findings.

Part 3:

The last step in determining potential solutions is to conduct external research. Using Internet and
industry resources, research ways that other companies have addressed this issue or one very similar to
it. Look for specific information related to the customer response, efficiency, quality, employee
satisfaction, and cost effectiveness of solutions others have implemented. Find at least five potential
solutions you can consider for solving the problem you have identified. Your goal in conducting this
research is to find practical examples and measurable data related to how other companies and related
industries have resolved the same problem or one very similar to it. When you have completed your
research, the findings should be summarized using at least one chart or graph that represents the data
you have collected. Use the Topic Materials for assistance with creating Excel graphs and charts that can
be used to illustrate your findings.

The data collection Excel spreadsheet and the three data summary charts/graphs you have created from
the research you have conducted should be submitted to your instructor.

The three charts/graphs you create will be used again in your Business Proposal Presentation in Topic 7
and the Final Business Proposal you will submit in Topic 8.

General Requirements:

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and
documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in
the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become
familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Rubric:

Benchmark - Data Collection

2
1 3 4 5
Less than
Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Good Excellent
Satisfactory
0.00% 75.00% 85.00% 100.00%
65.00%
100.0 %Content
15.0 % Data Chart Data chart or graphData chart or graph Data chart or graph Data chart or graph Data chart or graph
or Graph summarizing costs summarizing costs of summarizing costs summarizing costs of summarizing costs of
Summarizing of failure to address
failure to address the of failure to address failure to address the failure to address the
Costs of Failure to the problem is not problem is the problem is problem is mostly problem is complete
Address the included. incomplete or partially complete complete and correct and correct and
Problem incorrect. and correct and and includes relevant includes extensive
includes some detail. relevant details.
relevant details.
15.0 % Data Chart Data chart or graph Data chart or graph Data chart or graph Data chart or graph Data chart or graph
or Graph summarizing results summarizing results summarizing results summarizing results summarizing results
Summarizing of previous attempts of previous attempts of previous attempts of previous attempts of previous attempts
Results of Previous to address the to address the to address the to address the to address the
Attempts to problem is not problem is problem is partially problem is mostly problem is complete
Address the included. incomplete or complete and correct complete and correct and correct and
Problem incorrect. and includes some and includes relevant includes extensive
relevant details. detail. relevant details.
15.0 % Data Chart Data chart or graph Data chart or graph Data chart or graph Data chart or graph Data chart or graph
or Graph summarizing at summarizing at least summarizing at least summarizing at least summarizing at least
Summarizing least five potential five potential five potential five potential five potential
Potential Solutions solutions for solutions for solutions for solutions for solutions for
for Addressing the addressing the addressing the addressing the addressing the addressing the
Problem problem is not problem is problem is partially problem is mostly problem is complete
included. incomplete or complete and correct complete and correct and correct and
incorrect. and includes some and includes relevant includes extensive
relevant details. detail. relevant details.
15.0 % Excel Excel spreadsheet, Excel spreadsheet, Excel spreadsheet, Excel spreadsheet, Excel spreadsheet,
Spreadsheet including date, including date, including date, including date, including date,
Summarizing source, type, and source, type, and source, type, and source, type, and source, type, and
Collected Data summary findings summary findings of summary findings of summary findings of summary findings of
of collected data, is collected data, is collected data, is collected data, is collected data, is
not included. incomplete or partially complete mostly complete and complete and
incorrect. and accurate.. accurate. accurate.
15.0 % Research No outside sources Few outside sources Research is Research is timely Research is
were used to were used to support adequate. Sources and relevant, and supportive of the
support the the assignment. are standard in addresses all of the rationale presented.
assignment. Limited research is relevance, quality of issues stated in the Sources are
apparent. outside sources, or assignment criteria. distinctive and
timeliness. address all of the
issues stated in the
assignment criteria.
15.0 % Visual There are few or no Color is garish or Minimal use of Thematic graphic Appropriate and
Appeal graphic elements. typographic graphic elements is elements are used but thematic graphic
No variation in variations are evident. Elements do not always in context. elements are used to
layout or overused and not consistently Visual connections make visual
typography is legibility suffers. contribute to the mostly contribute to connections that
evident. Background understanding of the understanding of contribute to the
interferes with concepts, ideas, and concepts, ideas, and understanding of
readability. relationships. There relationships. concepts, ideas, and
Understanding of is some variation in Differences in type relationships.
concepts, ideas, and type size, color, and size or color are used Differences in type
relationships is layout. well and consistently. size or color are used
limited. well and consistently.
5.0 % Mechanics Surface errors are Frequent and Some mechanical Prose is largely free The writer is clearly
of Writing pervasive enough repetitive mechanical errors or typos are of mechanical errors, in command of
(includes spelling, that they impede errors distract the present, but they are although a few may standard, written,
punctuation, communication of reader. not overly be present. The writer academic English.
grammar, and meaning. Inconsistencies in distracting to the uses a variety of
language use) Inappropriate word language choice reader. Correct and effective sentence
choice or sentence (register) or word varied sentence structures and figures
construction is choice are present. structure and of speech.
employed. Sentence structure is audience-appropriate
correct but not language are
varied. employed.
5.0 % Sources are not Documentation of Sources are Sources are Sources are
Documentation of documented. sources is documented, as documented, as completely and
Sources (citations, inconsistent or appropriate to appropriate to correctly
footnotes, incorrect, as assignment and assignment and style, documented, as
references, appropriate to style, although some and format is mostly appropriate to
bibliography, etc., assignment and style, formatting errors correct. assignment and style,
as appropriate to with numerous may be present. and format is free of
assignment and formatting errors. error
style)