What are they?
Existing information, such as administrative data, research, previous evaluations, management and monitoring databases, statistics.
Why is it important?
- Existing (secondary) data are cheaper and quicker to gather than primary data.
- If the evaluation team does not acknowledge relevant existing data, this will undermine the credibility of the whole evaluation.
Main channels for identifying and gathering secondary data
- Managers, implementing agencies, operators and partners
- Experts in the domain under consideration
- The Internet
- Statistical offices and monitoring bodies
- Scientific and professional literature