Friday, October 23, 2015

Draft Evaluation Plan complete and updates on where we're at

We've submitted the draft Evaluation Plan to the team, including a full description of our methodology as well as the Evaluation Framework that translates the goals of the grant into measurable outcomes and outputs.  In turn, the Evaluation Framework identifies which questions we can start to address with what kind of data gathering, and for surveys, we've already identified questions for both a short form and a longer form.  We've created a short form that is intended to be used for public events with pretty quick interactions, a second form to be used after longer individual pinning sessions, and a third one that can be used for repeat sessions.

This is all a bit of a work and progress, but the Santa Ana team has begun testing the surveys at a couple of their public events.  While the first one they tried was a failure (with 0 out of 102 participants opting to complete the survey), the second iteration already provide a drastic change in results, giving us great details on nearly 50 participants.  Jessica has set this up as a Google form that is accessed at their events and we therefore have live, structured data in a shared spreadsheet.  This will be added to as they do more events and as long as we all use the same survey forms, we'll be able to easily aggregate these with the projects across the country to track our statistics.  This is all making the research and evaluation team in London very happy!

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