Note: The Youth Development program evaluation team will share tips and resources in YD Update to aid staff in program evaluation efforts. Please send any questions or suggestions for future topics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program evaluation team has been writing YD evaluation tips since June of 2010. That's a lot of tips over the years! You can look through the archives of the evaluation tips by clicking on the evaluation tab on this post. For the last installment of 2014, I'm going to bring back a couple of my favorite tips from over the years. Hope you enjoy this blast from the past.
- From July 2011: Likert scale examples. I love this resource to get thinking about different ways to score questions. I can get very stuck trying to figure out how I want to ask a question on a survey, and this is a tool that has helped me time and time again.
- From August 2012: Head over to Tagxedo to make word cloud images from text. What I love about Tagxedo is that it allows you to customize your images, create word clouds in any shape, and it easily export into PowerPoint presentations.
- From April 2013: Create effective presentations with the help of the American Evaluation Association. The Potent Presentations website is chalk full of amazing tools that will help you to improve your presentations.
- From May 2013: Minnesota Compass is a great resource for community and neighborhood level data. There are specific indicators on youth demographics, education, and social issues.
- From July 2014: Piktochart was designed to help the non-designer build beautiful infographics. Their tag line is, "We are infographics made easy." What's not to love about that?! (It's also free for the basic version which has limited graphics and features.)
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