Monitoring and Evaluating Workshops

Reviewing feedback forms

Whether you choose to administer surveys, or conduct non-written evaluations whose results you write down, self-assessment after the workshop is essential. Reviewing all participant evaluations will help you determine what your participants were able to learn from your workshop, and how helpful it was overall. Using their feedback, you can make adjustments to increase the effectiveness of future workshops. For example, if several participants report that your presentation on the 1951 Convention was long and redundant, you might devote lesser time to this and tighten up the presentation, spending more time on another topic–perhaps one that a few participants had expressed confusion about.

Direct follow-up

Another great way to assess the effectiveness of your workshop is to follow-up in person with your participants.

  • Were they able to take the next step toward applying for RSD after taking your workshop?
  • Did they know what to expect when going into their interview?
  • Did they access any other available resources?
  • Do they still have questions regarding any of the subjects covered during the workshop?

Asking specific, results-based questions will help you determine how well your workshop translated into usable information and skills. Having this type of information is essential to remedying any flaws in your presentation and improving the effectiveness of your workshop.