Evaluation

In a perfect world, the evaluation of professional development programs will provide the:

While we recognize that other projects will need to develop instruments suited specifically to its own goals, we recommend considering the following types of evaluation instruments.

In general, we recommend that staff be fierce about collecting evaluation forms. We traded meal tickets, parking passes, stipend checks, whatever we had available, for completed forms. The Partnership always asks that participants sign evaluation forms so that we can follow up on comments. We also summarize evaluations and return them to participants and talk with participants about changes we have made based on their suggestions. We also learned, the hard way, to provide enough time to complete evaluation forms thoughtfully. If time is provided at a meeting, the room should be quiet. For weekly evaluations, we handed them out Thursday afternoon so participants could fill them in at their leisure. In our most recent versions of the project, we have scheduled the last 20 minutes of each day for quiet, reflective writing about the day's activities. After participants had gone, teaching staff met to read and discuss the journal entries and to complete planning for the following day.

The selection of the evaluation team is described in the Budget section of the Project Description.

References:

Madaus, George F., Walt Haney, Amelia Kreitzer, Testing and Evaluation: Learning from the Projects We Fund, Council for Aid to Education, NY, 1992.

Stevens, Floraline, Frances Lawrenz, Laure Sharp, User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation: Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education, 1993, NSF 93-152.