Resources & References
Overview of data collection methods: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/G3658-4.pdf
Structured interviewing: http://archive.gao.gov/t2pbat7/144388.pdf
Direct observation: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/G3658-5.PDF
Surveys, Questionnaires, Items, and Scales
There are numerous examples of surveys, questionnaires, survey items, and scales available to guide you. Many of these are available through the following online survey banks:
- National Survey Indicators Database
- Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL) Instrument Collection
- Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences
- Handbook of Data Collection Tools: Companion to “A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy”
- Evaluation Instrument Bank
Survey Design and Development
There are several online resources available to help you design and develop your surveys and survey questions:
- Basic Guide to Program Evaluation:
- OERL Alignment table for instrument characteristics
- Questionnaire Design and Analysis Workbook
- The Survey System
- StatPac Online Tutorial
There are a number of software packages available to help you develop, administer, and analyze survey data. A comprehensive list of the most commonly used software packages is available on the American Evaluation Association website.
Examples of College Access Surveys and Questionnaires
The following are examples of real surveys and questionnaires used by College Access outreach programs:
- Coach Program: Student Pre-survey
- Talent Search: Enrollment Form
- Educational Opportunity Center: Intake Form
- My Road to College Challenge: Student Pre-Survey
- Get Ready for College Day: Student and Teacher Survey
- College Goal Sunday: Student & Family Survey
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Center for Disease Control (CDC). Steps in Program Evaluation. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/eval/steps.htm
Galloway, A. (1997). Sampling: A Workbook. Retrieved from http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~kate/qmcweb/scont.htm
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McMillan, J. H. (2004). Educational Research, Fundamentals for the Consumer (Fourth Edition). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
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Patton, M. Q. (1990). Qualitative evaluation and research methods (2nd ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Taylor-Powell, E. and Steele, S. (1996). Collecting Evaluation Data: Direct Observation. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Extension. Retrieved from http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~rosenl/CollectingObservDataProgrEval.pdf
United Way of America. (1996). Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach. Alexandria, VA: United Way of America.
Yin, R. K. (1994). Case Study Research: Design and Methods. Applied Social Research Methods Series, Volume 5. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.