Friday, September 28, 2007

Evaluation Technology Workshop Sept 27, 2007

Evaluation Technology Workshop. MISRGO provided a technology training day at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The training was designed to familiarize grantees and evaluators with a variety of web-based tools that will help them with their programs and assessments of their programs.

Dr. Fetterman was invited to facilitate the session.

He provided an overview of useful tools, including online surveys, blogs, digital photography, picture file sharing, internet telephony (Skype), online documents and spreadsheets, and videoconferencing on the net.

Grantees and evaluators will be using the online spreadsheet to keep track of the Evaluation Monitoring System data. The Evaluation Monitoring system keeps track of the number of people who have stopped using tobacco as attributed to grantee efforts and translates that figure into dollars saved concerning excess medical costs for the State). This will allow MISRGO, grantees, and evaluators to access the data on demand.

The day was energizing as we interactively created online surveys and blogs and demonstrated the power of the net.

We also demonstrated the value of online calendars to announce event and schedule meetings across grantees and evaluators. Dr. Fetterman's slides are available here. In addition, Dr. Fetterman created a pre-test survey and a post-test survey for participants to help evaluate the session. The results were extremely positive, documenting gains in familiarity and knowledge about online surveys, blogging, online documents and spreadsheets, file sharing (pictures), telephony, and videoconferencing on the net.

In addition, a few emails provide some insight into the participants’ assessment of the workshop: “Thank you, Dr. David, for the session last week. I will put into practice all I have learned.” Another said: “Hi. Thank you for your patience and thoughtfulness with us!!! Thanks also for the blogs!!!” A copy of the Evaluation Technology Workshop Report is available from this blog.
The participants co-created another survey. It was the Arkansas Evaluation Center Needs Assessment survey. The results of the brief needs assessment is being used to inform the Center's curricular development .