Data Collection Plan

Youth Development

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This project will save us $6,868 , allowing us to access to more data, create content for data development agendas and help re-build Puerto Rico.

What We Need

  • A set of key metrics to regularly track
  • Spreadsheet tool to collect data on key metrics with accompanying tables and graphs for analysis
  • Training for best practices on data collection
  • Training on how to use the spreadsheet and analyze key metrics
  • Note: this does not include data entry or analysis of the data

Nice To Have

The limitation of data in Puerto Rico is real. In the wake of hurricane Maria, access to data is critical in the rebuilding process, the development of public policies and services, and the creation of data development agendas.

A Source Library identifying questionnaires and data import wizards that includes data for Puerto Rico will help us access most of the information available.

The inventory should include the following agencies: US Census, HHS & CDC, Education, Department of Family Services and Labor Statistics Bureau.

How This Will Help

The success of our organization depends on having access to accurate data. Without your help, we cannot raise awareness of issues children face. Your skills will empower us to identify public policy problems and make recommendations.

What We Have In Place

We currently have identify several project in multiple agencies which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have websites, templates and the ability to provide any other information you need.

Fun Fact

We are the only organization focused on policy and advocacy around children's issues in Puerto Rico. Visit us at

  • Estimated Time
    Volunteers: 20-30 hours over 2-4 weeks
    Organizations: 4-6 hours
  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)
  • Requirements: This project may require a short interview with the organization. If the organization wants to request an interview with you, you'll receive an email from Catchafire with instructions to schedule a call.

Project Steps

Prep: Initial Conversation, Defining Success, and Goal Setting
  • Volunteer Manager shares relevant materials describing their programs such as an Annual Report or Business Plan
  • Professional facilitates conversation with Volunteer Manager to determine what constitutes program success
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager agree on goals, timeline, and next steps for the project
Milestone 1: Professional Identifies Key Metrics
  • Professional comes up with a set of key metrics to track
  • Professional outlines how to track each metric, including frequency of measurement and unit of measurement
Milestone 2: Data Collection and Analysis Tool Created
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback on the suggested metrics
  • Professional incorporates feedback into final set of metrics
  • Professional creates a spreadsheet for Organization to collect data, along with relevant tables and graphs to help analyze data
Milestone 3: Team Training Session
  • Professional trains team members how to collect the data points and enter them into the tool
  • Professional trains team members how to run reports and use them for analysis
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Experience collecting and analyzing data
  • Advanced Excel skills
Prerequisites for Organization
  • Goals outlined for data collection (e.g., Program Evaluation, Internal Capacity Assessment, Fundraising Effectiveness)
  • Staff member committed to maintaining your Organization's ongoing data analysis practice

Our Mission

The Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico (Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud) is a nonprofit organization working to advance public policies- at both the federal and commonwealth level- that improve the lives of children and youth in Puerto Rico. Our work includes the collection and dissemination of data; development of research-driven public policy recommendations; and advocacy work that is driven by both data and people. We are the only organization focused on policy and advocacy around children's issues in Puerto Rico.