Tuesday, March 3, 2009

MESI Wrap-up: Interactive Evaluation

The session "Interactive Evaluation" was led by Jean King.

The session highlighted some useful techniques for interactive evaluation, and began by highlighting Jean's participatory principles:

  • You should build people's capacity to think evaluatively
  • Participation in evaluation should be a learning experience
  • It is essential to involve people actively in evaluations (helps ensure use)

The technique that I would like to highlight, that exemplifies these principles, is using a data dialogue in evaluation. A data dialogue is a process you can use when you cannot afford to do a focus group. A data dialogue involves the program participants/stakeholders and turns them into the evaluators. You bring together a bunch of participants/stakeholders (the people you are interested in getting feedback from or interviewing), you then put participants/stakeholders into groups of 3- one is the interviewer, one is the recorder, and one is the interviewee/respondent. They then rotate around their group of 3, so that each is interviewed. This gives you useful information for your evaluation, without having a professional evaluator interview them all.


Susan "SB2" said...

I attended Jean's session and learned a great deal. She is a very dynamic speaker. Unfortunately I had to leave after technique 7 because my son broke his leg at school. If anyone has notes I could get on the remaining 5 techniques I would really appreciate it. Susanm@theimprovegroup.com