Collecting and Analysing Data

You should now collect and analyse the data as specified in your Research Protocol.

For process evaluations and Level 1 impact evaluations, which consist mainly of monitoring activity; collecting and interpreting the data is the responsibility of the initiative owner. However, if you require support – the institutional evaluation team, if available, can help.

For Level 2 and 3 evaluations, an institutional evaluation team, if available, should lead on the evaluation in collaboration with initiative owners.

Record Keeping

You should maintain a record of all evaluations conducted for your programmes. Where these are Level 1 evaluations, you should keep a copy of the Research Protocol and the write-up of the findings of the evaluation.

For Level 2 and 3 evaluations, you should prepare an Evaluation Report that summarises the evaluation method, including any limitations, and provides answers to each of the agreed research questions. You should also make recommendations for the next phase of evaluation, if applicable.

It is important to note that evaluations of one service or scheme cycle will not yield recommendations regarding the future of service or schemes under evaluation. Ultimately, it is the initiative-owner’s responsibility to decide whether or not an initiative should be continued, modified or ceased. If an evaluation results in a neutral or negative result, however, we would
recommend a more in-depth and rigorous evaluation approach for the next phase of the service or scheme.