4. Experiment with other data collection methods. Philanthropic organizations like the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and large research firms like Mathematica Policy Research have found that emphasizing more qualitative data can be more accurate in conveying lived experience and context (and can be used alongside quantitative data). And by using rapid-cycle analytics, for example, researchers can assess information and shift priorities in real time, rather than wait years for results before they can do anything. There are many options to explore, and different methods (or mixed methods) can encourage community buy-in and yield better data.
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