ERIC Number: ED427071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Best Practices for Data Collectors and Data Providers: Report of the Working Group on Better Coordination of Postsecondary Education Data Collection and Exchange.
Christal, Melodie; Gernand, Renee; Sapp, Mary; Korb, Roslyn
Many organizations and agencies collect data related to postsecondary education. To improve the coordination of data definitions and surveys, guidelines have been prepared to define the best survey practices for data collectors and data providers. The first section of this document, "Best Practices for Data Collectors," covers the responsibilities of data collectors, designing and distributing data collection instruments, explanatory information, survey followup, and reporting and publication. The second section, "Best Practices for Data Providers," addresses the responsibilities of those who provide data, including tips for providing consistent data, filling out the survey, and submitting and checking the survey. Four appendixes supplement the best practices section. Appendix A describes the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System of the National Center for Education Statistics. Appendix B contains selected sources of postsecondary data collection, and Appendix C lists a number of major higher education data sources. Appendix D provides 25 selected references for designing and implementing surveys. (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Definitions, Educational Indicators, Educational Research, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Research Design, Research Methodology, Surveys
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Postsecondary Education Cooperative.