Instrument Development

CFF develops and implements quantitative, qualitative and mixed-format data collection instruments (e.g., survey questionnaires, focus group discussion guides and observation protocols) for many projects.

Once developed, the instruments are fielded to collect data. We administer data collection activities through all modalities including in-person, telephone, email and regular mail. CFF staff develops detailed protocols and user-friendly training guides or manuals for our clients to ensure high response rates and the ability to capture, track, and report data about their services and target population.  In many instances, our clients continue to use our evaluation instruments even after the initial study.

One of the most time-critical events related to conducting research and evaluation studies is the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Internal Review Board (IRB) review and clearance. CFF has prepared successful OMB clearance packages for SAMHSA’s Children Affected by Methamphetamine Program (12 sites) and the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families’ Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program (53 sites). CFF prepares the 60- and 30-day notices for the Federal Register, summarizes and responds to public comments, and develops a draft package, including the Information Collection Request and Approval System forms, that minimizes the data collection and reporting burden (per the Paperwork Reduction Act) on the participating study units. As the evaluation contractor for multiple State, County and local level projects, CFF also coordinates with Project Directors to acquire necessary IRB approval for data collection.

Surveys we have developed or use frequently as a component of training and technical assistance: