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Thank you for viewing this e-learning lesson on creating and implementing a data collection plan. Data collection is a critical part of measuring program outcomes. The bottom line is that how you collect your data and your attention to those you’re collecting it from will ensure that you have optimum quality data to work with during the analysis phase, which is the next step in the process of outcome measurement.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about data collection plans.

You should now have a better understanding of how to plan for and implement data collection for a specific program. Identifying the most appropriate and useful data collection method for a specific program will help you effectively ensure the integrity of the data you collect.

These resources can offer additional guidance in creating your plan.

Data Collection Plan Worksheet: 
This worksheet will help you lay out your data collection plan step by step, from the outcomes to be measured to who will collect and manage data.
Download it here: Data Collection Plan Worksheet

The Outcome Measurement Resource Network (United Way of America):
The Resource Network offers information, downloadable documents, and links to resources related to the identification and measurement of program- and community-level outcomes.

Outcome Indicators Project (The Urban Institute):
The Outcome Indicators Project provides a framework for tracking nonprofit performance.  It suggests candidate outcomes and outcome indicators to assist nonprofit organizations that seek to develop new outcome monitoring processes or improve their existing systems.