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Needs Assessment Basics by Deborah Tobey

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Implementing Your Data Collection

At last you are finally ready to collect your data. Here are some tips to help you implement the process efficiently and effectively.

  • Double-check. Make a last quick pass over your choices and your reasons for choosing each method. Don’t be afraid to make last-minute adjustments before you get started. It is important to be sure you have chosen methods that will optimize your time, access to resources, and the ultimate value of the data.

  • Make a plan. Develop a calendar, timeline, flowchart, or some other tool to help you stay on track and remind you that you have a deadline to complete data collection. Monitor your progress on the plan as you go along.

  • Be flexible. One of the nice things about having a plan is ...

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