Collect and Analyze Data

After you have focused the evaluation and developed the evaluation plan, you are ready to conduct the evaluation, which is where data collection and analysis become key concerns. In this chapter, we provide you with concrete examples of data-collection approaches. As you think through data collection, keep in mind the importance of maintaining confidentiality of individual data. Confidentiality can build evaluator credibility and create trust that the process will be used to evaluate the initiative, not the individual. Individual data should not be shared with anyone unless that individual gives permission to share the data with other specific people. Individuals (and their observers) will often be more ...

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