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AmeriCorps The Data Collection Dilemma: Which Method is Best for You?. July 2006 By Nouha Shwehdi & Ruby Camacho. Note cards- Please write down the problems you currently face with data collection & reporting Introductions Goals and Objectives of session:

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americorps the data collection dilemma which method is best for you

AmeriCorps The Data Collection Dilemma: Which Method is Best for You?

July 2006

By Nouha Shwehdi & Ruby Camacho

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Note cards- Please write down the problems you currently face with data collection & reporting

Introductions

Goals and Objectives of session:

  • Determining the purpose of data collected
  • Effective communication strategies
  • To present alternative methods of collecting data
  • Efficient and effective ways to compile your progress report data

What skills will attendees learn:

  • Gathering data efficiently
  • Using free online survey resources to fit your organization
  • Effectively brining all data together
  • Making sense of it all
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IntroductionsWho we are & Who we work with ?

University of Illinois at ChicagoCenter for LiteracyAmeriCorps Project MOREFAST/CCEE

chicago center for early education ccee
Chicago Center for Early Education (CCEE)

Goals

  • Enhance the quality of early childhood programs by providing resources and networking opportunities for teaching staff
  • Increase the support available to parents on childcare and parenting issues and
  • Promote the use of technology to access information and resources for families and young children.

Resources Available

  • Comprehensive collection of materials on early childhood issues including books, periodicals, reports, activity boxes, audio and video tapes, and computer software.
  • Teacher/parent workspace
  • Laminator, scanner, bookbinder, paper trimmer, and letterpress to create materials for use at home or in the classroom.
  • Training/meeting area.
  • 15-station computer lab
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Activity-

“Knots of People”

data collection
Data Collection

What type of data does your organization collect?

  • Volunteer information (how many, hours served, attendance)
  • How many people has your organization served
  • Sign-in sheets (also tracks visitors)
  • Member hours (timesheets)
  • Student progress (test scores, writing scores)
  • Workshop Feedback (how many were conducted, evaluations, surveys)
  • Member Files
    • Personal Information
    • Evaluations
common methods used for data collection
Common Methods Used For Data Collection
  • Logs and tallies
  • Excel spreadsheets
  • Timesheets
  • Others????
challenges of data collection
Challenges of Data Collection
  • Discuss Note cards
    • Accuracy
    • Ability to manage data
    • Communication
    • Others
using an on line system pros cons
Pros

-data is accessible from any computer with internet access

-data can be sorted in a variety of ways

-excel sheets are generated

-totals are retrieved easily

Cons

-human input errors

-staff’s phobia with reporting systems

-staffs familiarity with navigating the site

-inputting data in a timely manner

Using an On-line systemPros & Cons
free internet resources
Free Internet Resources

Benefits of surveymonkey.com- free

- useful to obtain feedback

survey monkey
Survey Monkey
  • Statistics/Results
  • Creating evaluation surveys
members files
Members Files
  • What documents are necessary?
  • What can be thrown out?
summary
Summary
  • There are various methods of collecting data.
    • What methods will work best for your organization?
  • Think about the skills required to collect the data.
    • Is the person collecting the data comfortable using a particular software program/method?
  • Decide what items are really necessary and which can be eliminated.
any questions suggestion
Any questions?Suggestion?

Thank you for your time 

Nouha Shwehdi [email protected]

Ruby Camacho [email protected]

University of Illinois at Chicago

AmeriCorps Project MORE

FAmily STart Learning Centers

1640 W. Roosevelt Rd, Room 646 (M/C 148)

Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: 312-355-4227

Fax: 312-996-9102

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