The steps for formal hypothesis testing include:
1- Get an idea or hunch
2- Formulate testable hypotheses
3- Design the experiment
4- Set up a decision rule
5- Collect some data
6- Make a decision
7- Revise your ideas Review the second step (Lind, Marchal, & Wathen, 2011).
The sequence or order of the steps is important because it helps the researcher find a reasonable outcome. The hypothesis becomes simpler to test and the researcher can confirm if the collected data is accurate or inaccurate. In this way the researcher is able to detect the error immediately. As well, he or she can apply critical thinking during the sequence, and can find error or illogical problems (Lind, Marchal, & Wathen, 2011).
Lind, D. A., Marchal, W. G., & Wathen, S. A. (2011). Basic statistics for business and economics (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.