Data collection: the essentials

  • 1 day
  • Impact
Data collection is an important part of impact measurement. Your data collection methods should be appropriate to your beneficiaries and fit your organisational culture. On this course you’ll learn which data collection methods are most appropriate for your work and how you can better demonstrate your impact using a variety of data collection tools. Practical examples will help you learn how to develop data collection tools such as questionnaires and interview topic guides. If you already have data collection tools in place and need help reviewing them, our ‘improve your' workshops may be more suitable.


By the end of the day you will have:

  • more confidence in choosing appropriate data collection methods and tools from those available 
  • an improved ability to design and use quantitative and qualitative data collection tools
  • more knowledge of good practice in applying data collection processes
  • understand how to improve the way you measure your results

Who should attend?

This course is for anyone who has responsibility for developing tools for data collection and evaluation.  If you need to design surveys, interviews or other tools to find out whether your project is making a difference, this course is for you.  This course is an introductory course suitable for those new to quantitative and qualitative data collection as well as those with some prior knowledge. 
You should attend this course if you have already developed a theory of change, planning triangle or evaluation plan for your project.  If you haven’t, then consider attending our ‘Measure your impact’ courses or our ‘Creating a Theory of Change for your charity’


The course will be run by one of our consultants from NCVO Charities Evaluation Service . The team work with more than 1,000 voluntary organisations each year, providing practical support through self and independent evaluation, impact consultancy and organisational development. 


The training will run from 09.45 until 16.30.

Would you like to run this training for your organisation?

All of our training courses can be delivered at your premises at a time and date that suits you. We can work with you to tailor our courses to match your needs. Often if you have four or more learners, in house training may be more cost effective. 
For more information please complete our online contact form.

Contact us 

Email or phone (020 7520 9391) the training team with any questions or queries you may have on our training courses.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. NCVO members also receive a 30% discount off training prices. Organisations with a gross annual income of less than £30k can join NCVO for free and will then qualify for the discount.

Below £5 million £5 million or above
NCVO member £204.00 £362.00
Non-NCVO member £291.00 £517.00