Evaluation Design, Distribution, Compilation, and Analysis entail the actual fact-gathering process component of a survey or research project.

This works hand-in-hand with Survey and Research Methodology.

DLN's expert research staff will recommend the most effective data-compilation process for an organization's particular survey (for example, via phone, direct mail, or in person). We will then engage in the actual fact-gathering and data entry process, from start to the final report.

Most nonprofits' staff are already burdened by their daily routines. DLN offers our resources to execute a survey, enter the raw data into a database, and analyze the data so we can output into a bound document that an organization can distribute to employees or stakeholders, all while strictly adhering to the prescribed methodology.

Survey and Research Methodology is setting up the mathematical methodology for quantitative research.

In plain English, that's evaluating the overall process of gathering, compilation, and evaluating of data, so it can be easily digested.

Nonprofit organizations need to collect data so they know their programs are effective. There are many means of gathering that data, including community assessments and business policy surveys. This can be done in person, by mail, or over the phone.

Regardless of the chosen format, most organizations are simply unprepared to develop the methodology necessary for a survey that gathers the information and gleans the data they require.

That's where DLN provides support

We will sit down with you, learn what your goals are, and help determine which questions will be most accurate, which data-gathering process will be most efficient, and which reporting methodology will prove easiest for the intended audience to comprehend.

Because we have developed and conducted many surveys over the years, survey and research methodology evaluated by DLN Consulting will always prove more efficient and effective than surveys composed internally by a nonprofit organization.

A focus group is a powerful tool used to evaluate services or test new ideas.

This "group interview" presents the opportunity to gather a great deal of information via a focused group discussion with people who have common characteristics that relate to the topic.

Our team of consultants will create a comfortable, stress-free environment to facilitate an open dialogue and encourage different impressions and points of view - the group discussion will be used to identify trends and patterns in perceptions.

By systematically analyzing these discussions, we will gain insight to how a product, service, or opportunity is perceived by the group.

We will then have the ability to forecast this data to a larger population to:

  • Understand how groups of people think or feel about a particular topic
  • Gain insight into why certain opinions or perceptions are held
  • Improve the planning and design of new programs
  • Evaluate existing programs Develop new strategies for outreach

An Assessment and Feasibility Study is a preliminary study to evaluate the benefits and possible negative impacts of a potential project.

The purpose is to consider carefully all factors required in project implementation - time, resources, money, and materials.

Our team of experts will assess the project to determine its overall feasibility:

  • Operational: will it work?
  • Economical: what are the costs and benefits?
  • Technical: can it be built?

These studies will also evaluate the alternatives and define decision-making guidelines by identifying direction and forecasting the project's development and long-term potential. The information discovered during the feasibility study will support the planning process during implementation.

Having a “common view” is important to us. Whether separated by geographical distance or time constraints, with our web conferencing capabilities, we can conduct live meetings, training sessions, and presentations with you while you sit at your own computer.