A Data Collection Plan is a document that provides a focused plan for collecting data for a given project. It helps specifying the objective of data collection, what data do we need, how are we going to collect it, and who is going to collect it. The goal is to answer questions such as whether a process is stable, whether a process is capable, or whether a particular input will work better for a process than a currently used input.
This template comes in two different variations, one that is basic and another that is more detailed. The detailed template allows to record more information and can be used by Six Sigma practitioners. Both require that you first specify the objectives behind the data collection then identify the variables for which data needed to be collected.
This template is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that you can use and modify to meet your specific needs. For example, you may want to add additional columns if you need to collect more variables. Please help us to make this template better by providing us with your comments or suggestions.