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This stage provides guidance on issues to consider and the best practices with the collection, transmission, and storage of data during the evaluation, and disposing of personally identifiable evaluation data (if applicable) when the evaluation is completed.

In implementing the data collection plan, you will need to be flexible. Even the best-laid plans may fail to anticipate a number of challenges, such as a lengthy Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process (see Stage 2 Section V for more information), staff turnover (in provider organization, at program site), and unexpected input from program partners or stakeholders after data collection has begun.

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