Interpret your findings

Understanding what your data is telling you

Once you’ve analysed your data, it’s important to understand what it is telling you about your work – what has gone well and what could be improved.

Why is interpretation important?

While your analysis is about making sense of your data, interpretation is identifying how to use your findings to improve your work and tell your story. It involves deciding which aspects of your findings are the most interesting and important.

How to interpret your findings

Go back to your research questions and priority areas and review the five types of data framework. Ask yourself:

● What has worked well? What hasn’t worked well?
● Which findings matched our expectations? Which findings surprised us?
● Which questions does our data answer? Is it telling us anything else?

Need help getting started?

The data diagnostic asks 10 multiple choice questions about what your programme or service is, how it works, and who it targets. It then provides a tailored report recommending what kind of data you should consider collecting and how.

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