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During this phase, it is important to:

  • Gather information according to the plan.

  • Consider risks and benefits to individuals and communities.

  • Meet regularly with the steering committee to reflect on data collection process, ethical or logistical issues or learnings.

  • Adapt or revisit the plan as necessary.

  • Analyze and summarize information. This can be an iterative process. 

Phase 3 in Community-Based Evaluation involves gathering and analyzing data according to the plan. In community-based evaluation, there is a feedback loop between the planning and the doing. Sometimes community needs or contexts change. Community-based evaluation requires adaptation and flexibility.​

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Community-Based Evaluation:  Data Gathering & Analysis

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Risk is inevitable in community-based evaluation. Each SDG also brings unique ethical issues to the forefront. Ethics is about making sure we do our best to mitigate harm, and add benefit at the individual and community level. Building in time and resources for careful planning and reflection, as well as ensuring there is lived expertise on your team can help your team navigate ethical issues as they arise. Consider submitting your evaluation design to the Community Research Ethics Office. A team of community and academic researchers will review your design, and provide feedback. 

To learn more, watch our webinar, "Planning your Evaluation, Data Gathering and Analysis in Community-Based Evaluation: Evaluating SDGs for Local Impact." Download webinar 3 slides here and access a copy of our workbook here.

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