The handling data cycle

In statistics, explanation based on evidence should be modelled by teachers and pupils.

The handling data cycle offers a structure for testing and verifying hypotheses, and highlights their interrelationship as well as the contribution of each stage to robust statistical enquiry.

The handling data cycle:

The handling data cycle

For example, in considering how to identify the number of doctors required in the future, these questions provide a framework within which to work:

  • What data would you need?
  • How would you gather it?
  • How would you organise it?
  • How would you analyse it?

The handling data cycle helps to provide the 'big picture' and is referred to throughout this resource.