important to evaluate your service efforts. It helps you know
what works and what you should improve for next time. You can
use surveys, interviews, focus groups, or any other method that
fits your group.
is easier if you plan it ahead of time. You plan what you
want to accomplish and what you hope you will learn. As part
of that, plan how you can judge if you really did what you
said you would. Adults are great to help with this.
about what part of the project you want to evaluate--the impact
on the people served, the skills of the volunteers, number
of people involved, etc. Then decide whom you should ask to
find out those things. What should you ask them? How will
you ask (interview, survey, etc.)?
after the service, all you have to do is carry out what you've
already planned for your evaluation.
New Evaluation Information!
S.O.S. is beginning a new effort to evaluate
service learning projects all across the state. We want
to see how effective the projects are. What impact are
you making on the community through your service? How
do the beneficiaries feel about the project? We have
developed some simple new tools for you to copy and
use with the people you're service. Click
here for details. You can also request the forms
from your 4-H agent or from the state 4-H office, or
you can download them from the 4-H forms
page Remember to evaluate every project you do and to
send the forms to the state 4-H office when you report
the project. We'll add your surveys to those from other
4-H groups to see how Tennessee 4-H'ers are affecting
you'd like to practice planning evaluation for a service learning
project, try this.
arts and crafts project group in S.O.S. County has
decided to make Easter cards to deliver to a local
nursing home. They will also make decorations for
each resident's door. One Saturday before Easter,
they will go to the nursing home and divide up into
teams of two. Each team will decorate a different
hallway of the nursing home and visit with each of
the residents on that hall.
out the evaluation plans for the "SomeBunny Cares"
What do you want to learn about this project?
Whom should you ask to learn these things?
What do you need to ask them?
What methods can you use to get this information?