Choosing Data Collection Methods: 5 Steps, a Worksheet and a Quick Reference Table
February 27, 2017
To deliver data-driven, evidence-based programs for refugees, we need to ask the right questions and gather the right information. Data collection methods not only determine whether we can gather the information we need, but also influence data quality, affect the conclusions we’re able to draw, and have budget implications. META’s 5 Steps for Choosing Data Collection Methods walks you through the process of choosing the right methods for your programs.
Each data collection method has its pros and cons. To help you choose between common options like pre-post-tests, focus groups, in-depth interviews, observation, and surveys, check out our quick reference table: Overview of Common Data Collection Methods. And in designing your programs, it can be helpful to map out all the data points you need to collect. The Data Collection Planning Worksheet can help.
Want to learn more? Take META’s self-paced e-learning module Choosing Data Collection Methods.