In order to determine whether a treatment or prevention program or policy is effective, program staff and evaluators collect and manage data during each step of planning and implementation, and after the program is over.
Different kinds of data are useful at different stages. For instance, process measures describe how the program was implemented, while outcome measures describe the effects of program efforts. All of these measures can help administrators strengthen, improve, and showcase the program. Data collection and management are important steps to finding out what works and why in campus and community alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention.
There are a number of other considerations as you prepare to collect your data: