Tip Sheet: 5 Steps for Choosing Data Collection Methods

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5 Steps for Choosing Data Collection Methods

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.

Want to learn more?

  • Take META’s self-paced e-learning module: Choosing Data Collection Methods.
  • To help you choose between common options like pre-post-tests, focus groups, in-depth interviews, observation, and surveys, see META’s quick reference table: Overview of Common Data Collection Methods.
  • To map out all the data points you need to collect, see: Data Collection Planning Worksheet.


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