September 13, 2017

We have probably all been told to collect some basic demographic data on every survey, but what data and why? The most important thing you can do with your demographic data is to demonstrate that the people who responded to your survey represent – in some basic ways –...

July 28, 2017

A very common and useful question type on a survey is the Likert scale. That’s the kind that asks the respondent to agree or disagree with a statement, or rate the extent to which they liked something. Here is an example:

How satisfied were you with the variety of produ...

July 5, 2017

In April of this year, Luca and Luca published a paper that examined whether increasing minimum wages caused restaurants to close. They used the San Francisco Bay Area as a case study, because there is variation in the minimum wages in California cities and because Cal...

February 27, 2017

As practitioners, we often need to gather feedback or input from the community, and we might not have a research plan in advance. For example, you might want to gauge community interest in a new park by asking members of the community at every opportunity. Many times,...

February 14, 2017

Folks who have worked with me know that I get pretty passionate about how much I dislike the free version of SurveyMonkey. Lots of organizations use it – because it’s free. But it has major drawbacks. The most important is that you can not export your data. So, after y...

February 9, 2017

In order to generate data that is usable and comparable, Federal agencies use a coding system to classify business establishments. This system is called the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). NAICS is the standard used by Federal statistical agencie...

February 2, 2017

The Library of Best Practices Research (LBPR) was created while I worked at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. This is designed to be a tool for grant-writers. Each of the LBPR documents supports a grant application for a particular program and theory of change. Th...

January 12, 2017

The Library of Best Practices Research (LBPR) was created while I worked at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. This is designed to be a tool for grant-writers. Each of the LBPR documents supports a grant application for a particular program and theory of change. Th...

January 12, 2017

The Library of Best Practices Research (LBPR) was created while I worked at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. This is designed to be a tool for grant-writers. Each of the LBPR documents supports a grant application for a particular program and theory of change. Th...

January 9, 2017

Now that you have developed a logic model, you might be wondering how to integrate your data collection plans with it. If your logic model is clear, using it to build an evaluation plan will be pretty straightforward.

Your logic model might look something like the examp...

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