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Collecting data

There are a number of detailed resources in the Useful Links page to help guide you on the practicalities of data collection.  However, the main points are summarised below.

  • Identify who you need to report progress updates and the final findings to and who you need to report problems to.
  • Identify exactly what they want and how much information they want to be reported back to them.
  • Write down your aims and the purpose of data collection.
  • Identify who else will be working on the project with you, what your role is and what their role(s) is.
  • Identify the timescale of the project – how long do you have to do each part.  A chart or a marked calendar can be a good visual aid to keep you on track.  Make sure everyone involved knows the timescale.
  • Identify who your sample will be – who will you be collecting data from? (e.g., patients or staff, or someone else?).
  • Identify what to use to collect the data (the Framework Stages 2-4 will help you with this).
  • Identify who will supply the materials for the project.
  • Identify how you will store your data.
  • Collect your data!
  • Report your data to the appropriate people (Stage 5 of the Framework will help you with this).
  • Decide what to do with the data – can it be used to improve patient care, for example? (Stage 6 of the Framework will help you with this).

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