The first stage of planning or designing your evaluation will involve establishing what exactly it is you want to find out. In other words… you need to understand your evaluation aim or objectives.
The main aim of your evaluation is most likely to be to assess the impacts of the residential on your students. To achieve this, here are some examples of questions you might ask:
- What changes have occurred as a result of the residential?
- Who has benefited from the residential?
- How and in what ways have they benefited?
- What have your students learnt? Is this what was intended?
- What kinds of experiences have they had? How are these experiences meaningful to them?
- What do they think and feel about their experiences?
- Have their attitudes or behaviours changed?
- How could the residentials you offer be improved in future?
You will also want to start thinking about the types of evidence you will need to effectively address your questions or objectives as you progress. This will inform how you plan your evaluation.