DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Section L GENERAL PROCEDURES
e. The data will provide a permanent record of the
Data collection and analysis are sequential steps. Three
information on which the plan is based. Therefore, a copy
major types of data are collected and analyzed off-post
of all maps and other documents obtained from all sources
data on-post data, and mission requirements. The process
should be retained with notations of the source and date
begins with an initial compilation of information covering
prepared. Where appropriate. a document should be
a broad range of conditions. Analysis of this information
accompanied by a memorandum describing any particular
identifies specific needs and significant constraints to
application or limitation of the data which it contains. For
meeting those needs. These opposing factors-needs and
each on-post or off-post agency contacted. a file memo-
constraints-- are then further analyzed to identify potential
randum should identify the agent y contacted and summarize
improvements which are responsive to both. For a proper
the results of the contact.
synthesis to occur. data collection and analysis must be
f. Planning data can be presentcd in one of several
formats and information from several sources can be
2-2. Data gathering methods
organized in one data format for comparative purposes.
Data on physical conditions can be recorded on a series of
a. Collection of data about existing and projected
maps or overlays. These maps should be prepared with a
conditions at an installation is the initial step of the
consistent geographic base. either at the vicinity or
planning process and becomes the foundation for
installation level. Numeric information. particularly
subsequent steps. Therefore, while data collection must be
comparative data. should be recorded in tables or charts
thorough and accurate, emphasis should be placed on
wherever possible. The data presented in these graphic
which is relevant to the
and tabular materials will become part of the working
installation's future operation and development.
documents for the analysis and evaluation of on-and off-
b. Sections II and 111 below indicate initial data
sources. Also, sources used for previously prepared plans
and related documents will provide data. Review of initial
2-3. Procedures for data analysis
data sources can result in identification of other sources of
information to supplement or replace data items in the
a. Data analysis will determine the significance and
original requirement listings. Additional sources of
impact of existing and projected conditions on future
information discovered during the data collection process
development at the installation. Initially, the evaluation
will encompass a broad range of conditions. However. the
may be important in the overall planning process.
process of evaluation will result in identification of those
c. Potential data sources which should be investigated
particular conditions which are of greatest concern to the
include the previous Master Plan Report for the installation
installation in terms of development direction. The evalu-
and other installation plans and studies dealing with
related areas such as utilities, traffic, and environmental
ation process will further define how those conditions
affect future development and how improvements can be
conditions. The Basic Information Maps prepared for
made to meet future needs.
each installation also provide initial information on the
b. The process for each of the data areas will follow a
existing physical environment at the installation. Where
sequence leading from an initial review of collected data to
data are not current, they still may provide a basis for
a description of a potential response to identified problems
comparison with current information to establish trends.
or needs. The evaluation process includes the following
d. To be useful throughout the planning process.
information must be properly compiled and organized so
-- Review of information on existing conditions.
that comparisons can be made between related items.
- Comparison of data with evaluation criteria.
Data should be accessible to both present and future
- Definition of significant existing problems identified
users. with sources and applicability clearly recorded.
from comparison of existing conditions to evaluation
The format in which information is organized should
allow data items to be easily updated to reflect changed