Step 1. Determine when, where, and how often to collect the data.
Step 2. Develop a schedule for data collection decisions made in Step 1. In addition, decide who will be responsible for each component of data collection.
Step 3. Consider using computer-based project management systems to help coordinate the data collection efforts.
Step 4. Periodically monitor all aspects of data collection.
Step 5. Determine what clearances you will need for gathering your data, then go about seeking them from the appropriate people.
Step 6. To maximize the likelihood that respondents will cooperate, identify what you can do to minimize the burden you place on them.
Step 7. Identify potential risks to the accuracy of the data you will collect. To minimize these risks, decide if it is necessary to implement and carry out procedures to enhance the trustworthiness of the data, such as training programs for data collectors.
Step 8. Administer the procedures identified in Step 6.
Step 9. Screen the data before carrying out analysis.