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Evaluation Tip 3: Ways to Gather Data

One of the most important aspects of conducting an evaluation is choosing the right ways to find information. There are questions you can ask before starting your evaluation process to help you chose the methods that are best for your situation.


Who is interested in the evaluation results?

What questions do they want answered?

What resources are available?

There are many ways to gather information. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Data Gathering Techniques



Facial expressions/Body language

Performance tests

Written tests

Workplace observations

Team Games

Group discussion

Analysis of statistics


If you are clear about the evaluation questions you need to address, you will be able to assess the pros and cons of using various data gathering methods and decide which are best for you.

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