Data analysis is the process of making sense of the data you have collected. It involves examining your data to find patterns and themes, and drawing conclusions about what it is telling you.
How to analyse your data
Data analysis should start with what you need to know. By agreeing your goals and deciding what data to collect, you will have already identified the research questions you want to answer. These should frame your analysis.
The focus of your analysis is guided by your particular needs. For example, if your programme model is similar to others, and evidence on the effectiveness of your particular approach already exists, you may choose to focus on your reach and the quality of your service (user, engagement and feedback data).
The way you go about analysing your data will depend on the type of data you have collected: