Data collection is the process of gathering and measuring information on variables of interest, in an established systematic fashion that enables one to answer stated research questions, test hypotheses, and evaluate outcomes. 

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Data Collection
Data capture
Data capture is the process of collecting data which will be processed and used later to fulfil certain purposes. Ways of capturing data can range from high end technologies to low end paper instruments used in the field. 

Links to resources

CRF template - generic malaria

Data recording SOP

Receipt for IMP destruction

Acknowledgement of IMP receipt template

Concomitant Medication log

Query management
Determining what is or is not plausible early in the planning phase is crucial so that appropriate checks can be put in place e.g. identify and query out-of-range, or invalid data. Computer systems can be programmed to identify outlying data or impossible relationships between different data.

Links to resources

REDe Quality Management Toolkit 2017

REDe Data Quality & Introducing Reciprocal Monitoring

Training webinar: How to plan and deliver quality assured data in a clinical research study 

Dataclarifiication form 1

Modular courses (TGHN e-Learning):

Introduction to Data management


Further resources

Through this facility research sites can register and let would-be collaborators and sponsors know about them, their previous experience and what type of research they would like to take part in. In turn, research groups wishing to find other sites to collaborate with can post their research plans and explain what they are looking for in terms of disease prevalence perhaps, or was facilities a research site has.
These free, certificated and recognised courses are provided to give a general introduction to many of the key steps involved in setting up a study they include short topics such as Good Clinical PracticeGood Laboratory Practice and longer modular courses and cover many of the required steps such as setting the question, data management and community engagement.


The Process Map is a cross-cutting tool that guides the process of setting up a study and provides links to explanations about each component step and any tools, templates and training that exist on each step.


Main resources:

Study design & planning

Ethics & Regulatory

Study Procedures

Data Collection, Management & Anaylsis

Study Operations


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