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Radial diagram with three circles surrounding a center circle. Arrows go from the interior circle out. The center circle is marked 'Data collection.' The three external circles are marked as follows: Data management (left), Participant consent/assent (top), and Participant retention (right).

The data collection stage of an evaluation is "where the rubber hits the road" and you begin collecting the information you will ultimately analyze and report, following the guidelines set forth in the evaluation plan. Data collection is not simply about administering surveys and checklists. It also involves activities such as:

  • Obtaining permission to collect data from participants,
  • Developing strategies to retain participants, and
  • Putting data management systems in place and implementing procedures to properly manage and secure the data.

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