Definition - What does Data Collection mean?
Techopedia explains Data Collection
Accurate data collection is essential to ensure the integrity of the research, regardless of the field of study or data preference (quantitative or qualitative). The selection of appropriate data collection tools and instruments, which may be existing, modified or totally new, and with clearly defined instructions for their proper use, reduces the chances of errors occurring during collection.
Distorted findings are often the result of improper data collection such as misleading questions on questionnaires, unknowingly omitting the collection of some supporting data, and other unintentional errors. This would lead to a skewed conclusion that may be useless.