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h1. WP2.1 Evaluation Strategy Design

In order to evaluate the (training) materials, it is necessary to:
* identify specific (learning) objectives which they aim to meet
* evaluate whether the materials meet those objectives
additionally, we need to
* identify the overall purposes of the materials
* evaluate whether the cumulative objectives satisfy these overall purposes

h2. Methods of Evaluation

* Informal / Formal Review e.g.:
** "Cloze Test":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloze_test to assess readability
** Questionnaire to see how easy it is to find relevant material
** Internal use of materials
** "I-Tech Instructional Design & Materials Evaluation Form and Guide":http://www.go2itech.org/HTML/TT06/toolkit/evaluation/forms.html
* In-course evaluation (see "I-Tech":http://www.go2itech.org/HTML/TT06/toolkit/evaluation/dev_eval.html)
** Assessment of level of knowledge within training group
** Checking progress with participants
** Trainer assessment - self assessment and from other trainers if possible
** Pre- and
Post-course questionnaires - assess change in answers (true/false + multiple-choice)
* Post-course
** "Sample training evaluation forms":http://www.go2itech.org/HTML/TT06/toolkit/evaluation/forms.html
* Medium-term review of usefulness of course content / adoption of techniques (e.g. 2-3 months after course)

I-Tech consider four levels of results from training:
* Reaction - to the course
** Pacing, was it enjoyable
* Learning - from the course
** Did the facts get across ?
* Behavior - changes after the course
** Did participants actually manage their data better
*** during research ?
*** at the end of research ?
** Have data management plans been produced for grant proposals ?
* Results or Impact - to a wider community
** Did they publish data ?
** Was any data loss avoided ?

Review content for:
* reading level
* correctness
* organization
* ease of use

based on the target audience

h2. Tools

"Bristol Online Surveys":http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/
"I-Tech Training Toolkit":http://www.go2itech.org/HTML/TT06/toolkit/evaluation/index.html