Many people are aware of the power of good data; however, it can be extremely tricky to obtain this good data because it depends on having effective data collection strategies.
Through practical examples and a variety of activities, this course will help you identify the data, data collection methods, and tools you will need to produce reliable and persuasive impact evidence. It introduces practical tools you can use to measure the subtle but critical changes in often difficult-to-measure aspects of your social enterprise, such as the behaviour and values of your beneficiaries. In this course, we have broken data collection strategy down into 10 simple steps, so let's get collecting!
At the end of this course, learners will…
Understand and be able to explain the following key points…
- The importance and characteristics of good quality data
- The range of data collection methods at the disposal of social enterprises, and pros and cons of each
- The difference between quantitative and qualitative data, and the best methods of collecting both data types
- The criteria and factors to consider when selecting data collection tools
- Good practice principles and approaches to implementing data collection
Be able to use the following skills, tools, processes, procedures…
- Use a template to identify, assess, and prioritize your data needs
- Use a checklist to determine the appropriateness, usefulness and credibility of available data collection methods
- Use a Data Collection plan to help organise, co-ordinate and implement data collection strategies
Actually do the following tasks…
- Identify the data you will need to assess progress against your priority performance measures
- Select reliable data collection tools that suit the mission of your social enterprise, that are feasible given your resources, and that appear credible to stakeholders
- Introduce an effective outcome measurement tool capable of gauging the positive changes created by your social enterprise
- Establish a strategic team plan that outlines who will collect what data and when
By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Course Completion Badge
Last Updated: February 15, 2019
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