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Evaluation

1. Bucket of Water

group size: any
time: ca. 15 minutes
material: two same-sized buckets, one bigger bucket and one scoop
needed space: enough space for a chair circle
objective: evaluation of a seminar, work shop, exercise, e.g.
short instruction: Everyone can say their opinion

Description: In the middle of the room are two samesized empty buckets. One bucket is for the positive and one for the negative experiences in the group or in the seminar. The third bigger bucket is filled with water.
Now each participant has the possibility to go to the buckets, to say a positive or a negative experience and put up to three scoops of water into the right bucket. When all participants have told their experiences, the water level can be measured. This evaluation can also be used for reflection in between.

2. Midway Revision

group size: any
time: ca. 30 minutes
material: large paper, pens, suitable music
needed space: any, participants need something to write on (tables, floor…)
objective: meeting the needs of the participants as closely as possible during the remainder of the program, improving communication.
short instruction: Participants are asked to complete some sentences in which they can express their wishes/needs.

Description: The following phrases should be visible to all participants: I feel …, I do not like …, I would like to …, I’m happy …, I suggest … Participants are given a pen and paper and asked to fill in the rest of the sentences as many times as they like. They should be told how important this exercise is for the successful continuation of the program. Each participant can read one or two of his statements aloud. The leaders do not react immediately to the statements but inform the group that, where possible, they will try to adapt the rest of the program to meet the general needs of the participants. They should be informed in time of any adjustments decided upon.
This evaluation method can also be used for the end of a seminar. In this case the answers should be discussed immediately.

3. Cake

group size: any
time: ca. 15 minutes
material: poster, glue dots, chairs for a circle
needed space: space for a circle
objective: evaluation of a seminar, work shop, exercise, e.g.
short instruction: to evaluate individual topics with dots

Description: The leader paints a big circle on a poster and splits it into pieces of cake. Each piece gets a topic. Each participant gets a glue dot and puts it into the pieces to rate the topics. Dots near the middle of the circle mean positive statements and dots close to the outer circle mean negative statements. Afterwards the group can read the rating of all the dots. The method is good for anonymous evaluation, because all the participants put the dots into the circle at the same time.

4. My Picture

group size: any
time: ca. 20 minutes
material: lots of postcards
needed space: enough space for a chair circle
objective: evaluation of a seminar, workshop, e.g.
short instruction: to express moods or statements with postcards

Description: The leader has a lot of postcards with pictures (like nature, people, cities, e.g.). The leader puts the postcards in the middle of the chair circle. Every participant may choose one postcard. Afterwards everyone explains why he/she chose this postcard (what does it express? Does it express your feelings about the seminar or the topic of the seminar?).

5. Talking Stick

group size: any
time: ca. 4–10 minutes, depending on the number of participants
material: one object (wooden stick, ball, e.g.)
needed space: enough space for a chair circle
objective: evaluation of a seminar, workshop, exercise, e.g.
short instruction: The person with the object can speak (e.g. say his/her opinion about the seminar ...)

Description: The participants sit in a circle. In order to speak they must ask for the stick and can only speak when in possession of it. Everyone can say their opinion about the seminar/exercise (what they liked, what they disliked, how they felt, e.g.), afterwards they pass the object on. The other participants only listen and don’t comment the statements. To prevent any comments all participants can write their statements on a piece of paper in advance. It allows each person to think before speaking and calms down the atmosphere in a situation of conflict. It permits listening to other peoples‘ views.