Tools: From Collecting Data to Generating Findings

As with any evaluation, you will need to collect data to help answer your evaluation questions. Unlike other evaluations, you will not plan all your data collection up front, but rather will identify new data to collect and ways to analyze as you go, as questions and needs change.

Data collection in the context of developmental evaluation is often qualitative, but not always. It can leverage a wide variety of methods, including many of the same methods used in formative and summative evaluation, and can be designed using many different frameworks.