Steps for interpreting data
1. Review the summary report(s) with field staff and data collectors and other
key stakeholders. Hold a workshop or meeting and allow adequate time to
interpret these results. Refer to Reflection Events when planning these
workshops and meetings.
o What is the significance of these findings? What are some possible
explanations for these results?
o In what ways are these results positive or negative given the project
In these discussions, you may again raise additional analysis questions or necessary
clarifications. Return to the analysis phase if current data can answer these questions.
If the data cannot answer these questions, make sure to include these questions in
future data-collection activities.
2. Develop a series of recommendations and a corresponding timeline to
address these recommendations.
o How will you alter current activities based on these results? How will
you incorporate these results into future project design?
Reflect on the data collection exercise. After analysis, you will often have more
insight into the successes and limitations of the data collection exercise. What did you
learnfrom the data collection exercise itself? What were the successes and limitations
of the survey design and methodology? What would you recommend changing for
future surveys? M&E staff persons should record all lessons learned and
recommendations to incorporate into future survey designs.