The first thing I need to deal with then is how am I going to prove or disprove the hypothesis. My first step is to draw up an Estimation Sheet (Practical Research 47). I am going to deal with people, records, thoughts and ideas and need to ensure that I keep my objective in focus.
I have stated my questions and now need to know where the data is going to come from to assist me in proving or disproving the hypothesis. Is the data available in records only, or must I also survey individual soldiers to ascertain attitudes How readily available is the data that I am going to require in order to verify that my hypothesis is valid
I plan on gathering this data through the use of in-person surveys as well as through questionnaires. The questionnaires will be given to a random sampling of soldiers with no preconceived ideas, warnings or directions given to them.
No special equipment will be necessary to gather the data. The interviewer will ask a series of questions to which the individual being interviewed will answer. Each of the questions will ascertain how likely it is (or isn't) that the individual will respond to certain situations in a certain manner. The questionnaires will be designed beforehand to ask questions with scaled answers to them.