How Best to Collect the Data
Let’s look back at the measures we developed to decide how best to collect the data.
The goal of your organization is to increase the number of young people who take a gap year between high school and college to volunteer. By engaging rising high school juniors and seniors in short-term service programs, you will see more teens go on to participate in a year-long service program after graduating high school.
Some data can be collected by internal staff:
- Number of individuals who register for a program
- Number of individuals who participate in a program
Some data can be collected through a pre- and/or post-program survey, focus group or interview:
- How participants feel about service before and after the program
- How many participants already engage in service regularly
Some data can be collected through a follow-up survey, focus group or interview:
- Percentage of high school students who choose to take a gap year for service before college
- Percentage of college students who choose professional or volunteer roles in service graduation
Some contextual data may be publicly available:
- In the US, how many high school students take a service gap year?
- In the US, how many young adults have a volunteer role outside of their job?