Choose a data tracking system that will give you accurate data with a relatively quick search. The specific system you choose will depend on your organization’s size and reporting needs.
Here are a few data management options:
Excel spreadsheets can be useful for small programs. However, it can become unwieldy if you try to track too many programs or you want to gather and sort a lot of data.
Access databases have more functionality in terms of customizing to fit the needs of your program. You must have someone who knows the application well create the system and update it as needed.
Achieve database is a data tracking system developed by Wisconsin Literacy. WL member agencies can purchase Achieve at a greatly reduced cost. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your RLC for more information.
Ask your RLC about current professional database systems.