Improve Data Collection with Outcome Tracker Forms

Thursday, August 25, 2016 | By

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently highlighted the success New Ventures Maine has had with using Outcome Tracker forms to improve data collection:

As part of a three year project to build the capacity of CA$H Maine to improve financial stability of Maine families funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, Janet Smith, the statewide CA$H Maine coordinator, led efforts to create a new system that would lead to cohesion throughout the group. Two years ago, Janet turned to VistaShare, a data collection tool. Through the user-friendly platform, CA$H Maine designed a new printed intake form in VistaShare that mirrors the computer version.

First, volunteers use paper forms to collect data from clients to make the process more personal. The intake form asks clients about their demographics, how they heard about the program, what they plan to do if they receive a tax refund, and what household finance challenges they face. These questions help CA$H Maine identify client needs, create effective solutions, and determine groups within Maine’s population that need more direct outreach.

By getting better data, the organization was able to outline steps to best help their clients. Good data leads to good outcomes!

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