How Science Works

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Process of Science

What does the data mean?

Collecting data is one thing; deciding what it means is another. In this phase of an experiment, a scientist is likely to review carefully his or her methodologies, and possibly consult with other scientists, to decide what the data means. Interpretation of data always occurs within a social context; prevalent ideas and paradigms will inevitably shape the conclusions drawn from data.