Data Collection

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Tuesday, July 7th to Wednesday, September 30th

Please join us in an online, open forum on telehealth. NCB is providing an opportunity for clinicians to ask each other questions, share observations and adapted telehealth protocols for the SoT population via an online forum and technical exchange. This conversation will be a forum for peer-led informational exchange. NCB staff will assist in facilitating and monitoring the conversation.

Directions: Please watch Eugene Augusterfer’s presentation and interview Telemedicine in Mental Health first. Then feel free to join us in this open forum. All are welcome to join this forum, whether you have an account on Healtorture.org or not. For more information on using the forum, please read the directions on the first post. Please keep your comments respectful, relevant, factual, and do not share identifying information about clients per client privacy and HIPAA regulations. This forum will be open from July 6, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

To plan and conduct your data collection, you will need only a few tools.  The webinar in this section shows how to set up an Excel spreadsheet which will allow you to collect all basic data needed to examine demographic fields and outcomes measures.  

Once you start collecting data, the tracking system spreadsheet (provided) will help you systematically record observations at regular intervals, giving your data consistency.

Online resources provide reference resources and a review of basic procedures for Excel and Spss.

Demonstrating Client Improvement to Yourself and Others: Setting up an Evaluation System to Succeed

Greg Vinson provides a step-by-step guide to set up a data system to measure improvement in your clients. (This webinar is part 1 of a three part series.) He distinguishes continuous and categorical measures, and discusses the need to narrow your definition of a measure (goal, objective, or indicator) that you use to evaluate an outcome. He reviews steps to set up a database within Excel, including how to name variables and set up client records. He notes the need for regular intervals of collection and systematic methods to track administration of measures. Attachments for this webinar include an Excel tracking tool, to monitor administration of measures, and an Excel spreadsheet template to record client data.