A recent comment on an earlier posting prompts me to share thoughts on my program evaluation form. Let's make this like a workshop and you can participate with me. First I'll discuss my objectives in using a form, then some insights into the the reasoning behind the structure. Finally comes your part. Look at the form, then make suggestions for changes and improvements, or comment on how it looks from your perspective. Interested? Read on.
I am hoping to achieve two different goals from this Form. First I am looking for feedback on how well my workshop, seminar or lecture was received. I want to discover what needs to be done to be a better teacher, trainer, lecturer. Second, I want to establish links with the students in these learning groups. Can I do something to make the experience personally more beneficial? Can I follow up after the event to share ideas and opportunities they will benefit from? Can we identify areas where I can be of further service to them, and help grow my genealogy business?
Some Insights into Constructing the Survey
Years ago I read a number of articles on information chunking, memory and learning when I was studying psycholinguistics and second language learning. I recall an article by George Miller, a noted psychologist, "Magic Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two" , in which he suggests that the human brain can best digest information if it is clumped together in units of 7 (plus or minus two units). The units themselves may contain subunits (7 plus or minus 2) and the chunks of units may be grouped too. Who knows maybe because we have 5 fingers on a hand! So what this means is the survey, according to me, should have between five and nine questions. And questions with scales or options should have no more than 7 elements. In the Survey below, there are Seven Questions. The Rating Scale has 5 options. And the address form has just six elements.
My study of advertising design years ago also comes into this. I usually print these forms on a yellow paper, and never blue. Yellow supposedly stimulates thinking and blue is so restfull it puts you to sleep.
So here is the survey, ready for me to edit. I encourage you to share your comments, and critique this work in progress.
Program Evaluation Form
We appreciate your feedback on our presentations, and invite you to share your evaluation by circling the appropriate number on the rating scales of each question.
- How valuable were the ideas, concepts and program content?
4 3 2 1 0
Highly Mostly Fairly Slightly No value
- How effective was the presentation of the material?
4 3 2 1 0
Highly Mostly Fairly Slightly Totally ineffective
- How would you rate the program overall?
4 3 2 1 0
Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
4. Other Comments?
- May we use your comments for our promotional material?
- If you have any question about genealogy we did not discuss you would like to ask, write it here. I’ll try to answer you if you complete name and contact information below.
7. If you would be interested in receiving news about future genealogy education opportunities please complete the part below.
Prov/State_____Postal code____________ E-Mail:_______________________
This is not a perfect evaluation form. How can we improve it? I look forward to your comments and insights.