[APG Public List] Participating in Evaluations

Noreen Manzella nalexmanz at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 6 16:35:33 MDT 2009

These are great suggestions and cover the type of comments I was referring to in my post.  It's a lot easier to check off a Y/N, or circle a grading number 1-5, than to write the comment.  I would assume many more people would complete the evaluation!

--- On Tue, 10/6/09, Wanda Samek <wanda at sameks.us> wrote:

From: Wanda Samek <wanda at sameks.us>
Subject: RE: [APG Public List] Participating in Evaluations
To: "'Noreen Manzella'" <nalexmanz at yahoo.com>, "'Barbara Mathews'" <bmathews at gis.net>, apgpubliclist at apgen.org, hhsh at earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 7:15 PM

Sometimes I wonder if the questions on the evaluation form are too generic.  We get accustomed to the questions and scales and don't focus on what may be more important questions.  I don't have the answers, but it would be more meaningful in some situations to have an evaluation form with questions formulated specifically for that presentation - i.e., was the level of knowledge appropriate to the attendees, was the lecture sufficiently comprehensive, did the lecture take the direcftion you expected, was material covered what you anticipated, did you learn anything new, how did the speaker relate to the audience, did the presentation leave you wanting to know more, how many times have you heard this same lecture.
Just thoughts on a rainy afternoon . . .
Wanda Samek

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To: Barbara Mathews; apgpubliclist at apgen.org; hhsh at earthlink.net
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Participating in Evaluations

Harold and list,
I would second Harold's sentiments on how these evaluations are used.  As a tool to extrapolate the highest and lowest scores for consideration of future proposals by these individuals, they are useful. However, if the scoring falls in the indeterminate middle, there could have been any number of reasons for this "middle ground."  I would hope that this type evaluation would not be viewed as a definite negative.
In addition, I think many of us are simply checking off boxes as we prepare to rush off to our next presentation.  I think it would help the organizers if attendees would take just a little time to write a specific comment on their negative or positve experience.  Sometimes, I sit with the evaluation paper in hand, and if something strikes me during the presentation either way, I make a shorthand note to myself so I can elaborate on it at the end of the presentation.  In determining which presenters are most effective for any one conference, I think this type comment is invaluable.

--- On Tue, 10/6/09, hhsh at earthlink.net <hhsh at earthlink.net> wrote:

From: hhsh at earthlink.net <hhsh at earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Participating in Evaluations
To: "Barbara Mathews" <bmathews at gis.net>, apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 1:50 PM

Barbara --

I try to fill them in whenever we have them, which as I recall is not always. 
My feeling is that they are mainly useful for picking out the very best and the 
very worst -- the far ends of the bell curve -- but not for the majority of 
cases in between. I would worry if conference organizers used them to 
distinguish, say, between folks with 61% approval and those with 59%, or even 
49%. (And the truth is that sometimes I don't know why a given presentation 
worked or didn't work for me -- so my reaction might have had nothing to do 
with the speaker's style or substance!)


> We've all flogged this particular issue enough, I'm sure, but I do have one 
> question for people on the list. This question is a result of my own reflection 
> on my earlier postings about MGC, NERGC, and the BCG Ed Fund aggressively using 
> evaluations. I realized that I didn't fill them in for the few speeches I did 
> hear at the last NERGC.
> How many of us have been regularly filling-in these evaluation forms at 
> national conferences?
> Barbara

Harold Henderson
Research and Writing from Northwest Indiana
hhsh at earthlink.net
home office 219/324-2620

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