Estimated monetary value
do you think your service was worth to the community?
You can estimate what it would have cost to hire someone
to do what you did. You can also estimate the dollar
value of the volunteers' time. For youth, value their
time at minimum wage, $6.55/hour. For adults, use $17.29 /hour.
Briefly describe the service.
did you do? Where did you do it? How did you go about
it? Whom did you serve? What did you accomplish? What
were your goals and learning objectives?
Mrs. Smith's 4-H Explorers Club wanted to help feed
the hungry during Christmas. We helped the Clover
County Food Bank by collecting 10 boxes of canned
food. We also wanted to learn to organize a food drive,
so we had collection boxes in every 4th grade classroom
and at two local businesses.
How did participants reflect on the service?
is one of the most important parts of service learning.
It's when the volunteers think about their service and
what it meant to them. What did they learn? Why did it
matter? What will they do with what they learned? Tell
us how your group reflected on their project.
Here are some ideas for ways to reflect:
for new volunteers
out the page on reflection
for more information and ideas for great activities!
How many participants learned from the service?
this question, the easiest way to get an answer is to
simply ask your group to raise their hands if they learned
something while participating in the service.
did they learn?
your group learn skills related to a 4-H project area?
Did you learn "life skills" such as communication,
problem solving, or concern for others? What else did
Our 4-H group learned to organize a food drive and
about how the homeless need our help.
How many will use skills/knowledge gained through this
with number 7, the easiest way to get an answer for this
questions is to simply ask your group to raise their hands
if they will use what they learned.
will they use it?
they say they will use what they learned, ask them how.
What will they do with what they learned? Will they plan
another project? Will they be more aware of this issue?
List their answers.
Discuss the project with beneficiaries of the service.
How do they rate the project?
is important to know how the people you served felt about
the project. Did they think it was effective in reaching
a goal? Did you help others as you had planned? Use the
Direct Beneficiary Survey or Indirect Beneficiary
Survey from 4-H S.O.S. to evaluate the project. (Contact
your 4-H agent if you need copies of the survey.)
Check out the evaluation
page for more information on the beneficiary surveys. Download
a copy of the surveys from the forms
page of the 4-H website.