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Publication Date: January 2010
Step 3: Collect New Data
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Step 3. Collect New Data

The three primary methods for collecting new data for a needs assessment are interviews, focus groups, and surveys. This section discusses each data collection method; sample instruments are provided in appendix B (PDF 101 KB). Make certain to obtain informed consent from people who participate in the data collection. For guidance on the protection of human subjects, refer to the Guide to Protecting Human Subjects in this series.