Data Collection Methods

This module from International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) provides a series of lessons aimed at developing an understanding of the various methods of collecting data for an evaluation.

The module has five topics:

  • Data Collection Strategies
  • Data Collection General Rules
  • Key Issues about Measures
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Common Data Collection Approaches: The Toolkit


  • Introduction
  • Learning objectives
  • Key words
  • Data collection strategies
  • Data collection general rules
  • Key issues about measures
  • Quantitative and Qualitative data
  • Common data collection approaches: The toolkits
  • Toolkit 1: Participatory Data Collection
  • Toolkit 2: Available Data
  • Toolkit 3: Observation
  • Toolkit 4: Surveys
  • Toolkit 5: Focus Groups
  • Toolkit 6: Diaries, Journals, and Selfreported
  • Toolkit 7: Expert Judgment
  • Toolkit 8: Delphi Technique
  • Toolkit 9: Citizen Report Cards
  • Summary
  • Hints
  • Quiz
  • Application exercises
  • Further reading and resources
  • Websites
  • Quiz answers


International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET), (2007) Module 8: Data Collection Options in the IPDET Handbook, World Bank,  retrieved from 

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Alice Macfarlan

Hi Benita,

Thanks for letting us know! I've now updated the link.



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