When designing assessments, it is important to be clear about what your intention is. First, are you assessing for budget purposes (this program was successful because we reached x students/faculty/staff), or philosophical purposes (this program was successful because our participants were engaged, had meaningful conversations, and reported satisfaction with their experience).
Questions to consider:
- What are you assessing? What numbers or qualitative data will be of interest to you?
- Do you need numbers to justify budget requests? If so, what numbers would be most persuasive to a funding body?
- What do you as the founder/facilitator of this group need to know in order to improve the next iteration? What feedback would help shape the next round?
- What format will your assessment take: paper, digital, verbal, etc? Is your form scalable or is it specific to this iteration? How would you adapt this for future iterations?
- How do you plan to store your data, and will participant identity be protected and/or anonymous?