Data Collection

To plan and conduct your data collection, you will need only a few tools.  The webinar in this section shows how to set up an Excel spreadsheet which will allow you to collect all basic data needed to examine demographic fields and outcomes measures.  

Once you start collecting data, the tracking system spreadsheet (provided) will help you systematically record observations at regular intervals, giving your data consistency.

Online resources provide reference resources and a review of basic procedures for Excel and Spss.

Demonstrating Client Improvement to Yourself and Others: Setting up an Evaluation System to Succeed

Greg Vinson provides a step-by-step guide to set up a data system to measure improvement in your clients. (This webinar is part 1 of a three part series.) He distinguishes continuous and categorical measures, and discusses the need to narrow your definition of a measure (goal, objective, or indicator) that you use to evaluate an outcome. He reviews steps to set up a database within Excel, including how to name variables and set up client records. He notes the need for regular intervals of collection and systematic methods to track administration of measures. Attachments for this webinar include an Excel tracking tool, to monitor administration of measures, and an Excel spreadsheet template to record client data.

Tracking tool

Tracking Tool to ensure systematic recording of data.  Excel spreadsheet template, reviewed in the webinar “Demonstrating Client Improvement to Yourself and Others: Setting up an Evaluation System to Succeed”, can be modified for your own use.

Using a tracking tool, such as this one, will help you collect measures at regular intervals.  Systematic data collection gives your data consistency.

Click on the link to download the tool: Office spreadsheet icon CVT_Measurement_Tracking_Tool.xls