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Task 3.3: Develop the data collection methodology

Key question: What tools are needed for data collection? (interview questionnaires, survey questionnaires, observation templates, etc.)

Key question: What sample is needed to collect the data for each method? (e.g. how many students will be interviewed). This is important for both qualitative and quantitative approaches

  • Develop the methodology reflecting on:
    • how many survey responses or interviews do you need to make valid conclusions
    • the capacity you have and the resources available (for instance, what human resources are available to conduct the interviews?)
    • what data is already available (e.g. school’s administrative data)
    • what new data needs to be collected
  • You are most likely to:
    • interview/ survey learners and staff
    • organise a focus group with learners or staff
    • use your own administrative data about students’ trajectories

Example:
A short survey will be conducted over the phone six months after the programme ends. Former participants will be asked about their current activities (if studying, and at which level and programme) and future career plans (if they plan to enrol in further education and training, find a job, or other).