Quick Reference Table: Overview of Common Data Collection Methods

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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.  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, use this quick reference table: Overview of Common Data Collection Methods. 

Want to learn more? 

  • Take META’s self-paced e-learning module: Choosing Data Collection Methods.
  • To map out all the data points you need to collect, see: Data Collection Planning Worksheet. 
  • To walk through the process of choosing the right methods for your programs, see: 5 Steps for Choosing Data Collection Methods.

Topic(s): Monitoring and Evaluation
Subtopic(s): Data Collection
Resource Type: Tool or Template
Date: February 27, 2017
Language(s): English
Target Audience(s): Service Provider
Author(s): META

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