To ensure that people take your collection efforts seriously, you will need to outline a sound methodology for how you are going to gather your quantitative or qualitative data. If you produce a report based on your data, make sure to state your methodology clearly at the beginning of the document. How you collect information will depend on what type of information you are collecting and your access to relevant public sources.
To develop a methodology for your project, ask yourself the questions in the image on the right.
Public sources include: direct observation, second-hand sources, media sources, social media sources, public data, and academic resources.
Note: Take all possible precautions to ensure your personal safety and that of your sources.