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Integrating Technology Into Eval


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This presentation will share tradiational and creative methods to incorporate technology into your planning and evaluation. This presentation was shared at the BCEO workshop in October 2009 for UW-Cooperative Extension Professionals.

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Integrating Technology Into Eval

  1. 1. Integrating Technology into Planning & Evaluation
  2. 2. Focusing the evaluation: Collaboration tools <ul><li>Concept Mapping Great for Visual Learners </li></ul><ul><li>MindMeister : free real-time collaboration concept mapping tool. </li></ul><ul><li> : allows groups or individuals brainstorm online. Can embed mind map into blog or save as an image. </li></ul><ul><li>Other Collaboration tools </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis: PBWiki , Wikispaces , Wetpaint free collaborative online environment to upload documents, share resources, and have discussions </li></ul>
  3. 6. Data Collection <ul><li>Online tools to assist with the various forms of data collection </li></ul>
  4. 7. UW-Extension Resources <ul><li>4-H evaluation website: </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen Taylor Powell's Evaluation Blog - regular evaluation tips and updates and answers questions--UW-Extension log-in required </li></ul>
  5. 8. Using photography to collect data <ul><li>Before and after photos of community service activities; project activity; skill development program, camp, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Photos taken over the course of a project to show development and changes </li></ul><ul><li>Engage youth in taking and interpreting their own photos </li></ul>
  6. 9. Photography <ul><li>Example . You want to know what the camp experience means to youth. You randomly select a group of campers who are asked to take photos during camp. The photographers then gather in small groups to discuss their photos, why they took the photo, what it means to them, etc. Comments and remarks are recorded. </li></ul><ul><li>This can be done online by using Flickr , Picasa (requires google user name/free download) </li></ul>
  7. 11. Journals/Logs <ul><li>When using journaling to collect evaluation data, be clear about what you want to know and give them a list of questions to address. </li></ul><ul><li>Space might be designated for days events; feelings about the events; reflection on what was learned; what actions they will take. </li></ul><ul><li>group journal where all members write and share their experiences and thoughts in a combined effort. </li></ul>
  8. 12. Online tools to track responses <ul><li>Micro blogging- Twitter , status updates on Facebook (or other social networking site) </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a Blog- create a post and ask participants to post comments (Blog sites include: Wordpress , Blogger ) </li></ul><ul><li>Text messaging- both twitter and status updates can be done via texting, otherwise a separate platform for participants to text in their thoughts </li></ul>
  9. 15. Designing a Questionaire <ul><li>Don’t forget about technology </li></ul><ul><li>Zoomerang online tool which allows one to design a survey, share the link to intended audience, collect responses and analyze data. UW-Extension has subscription, work with State program area to initiate the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Surveymonkey - online tool which allows one to design a survey, share the link to intended audience, collect responses and analyze data. Free, has some limitations </li></ul>
  10. 18. Interactive tools/Audience feedback <ul><li>Poll Everywhere Ask your audience a question, they answer with a SMS text message. Results update live in your web browser or PowerPoint…just like American Idol or Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Free version available </li></ul><ul><li>Clickers/Turning point Software: Similar concept as poll everywhere. Requires software and clickers. Some districts do have a set available for check out. </li></ul>
  11. 20. <ul><li>Sears </li></ul><ul><li>The Gap </li></ul><ul><li>Macy’s </li></ul><ul><li>Neiman Marcus </li></ul>Where are millionaires likely to shop? Answer Now
  12. 21. Group work: Focus Groups, interviews <ul><li>Challenge: how to record and review data </li></ul><ul><li>Voicethread : group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. It’s a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. Allows people to navigate pages and leave comments 5 different ways- using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Users can also doodle (creative expression). All can be exported to mp3 player or DVD. </li></ul>
  13. 23. Data Analysis & Interpretation <ul><li>These tools can be helpful to assist with putting data into a user friendly format. </li></ul><ul><li>Gliffy Free web-based diagram software </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho-Creator : Create databases that your team members can access over the web. Create your own forms/tables or import data from standard formats (.xls .csv .mdb) and get your database application online within minutes, really! </li></ul><ul><li>Mnemograph (now timeglider) : An online application that creates great-looking timelines. Free version can import links, RSS, images and more. Helpful for tracking Long-term outcomes/impacts </li></ul>
  14. 27. Overwhelmed? <ul><li>Just know these applications exist to help you </li></ul><ul><li>If they sound exciting, try to incorporate just 1-2 into your evaluation plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a deep breathe- this is not a reporting requirement! </li></ul>