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Evaluation is the structured interpretation and giving of meaning to predicted or actual impacts of proposals or results. It looks at original objectives, and at what is either predicted or what was accomplished and how it was accomplished. Evaluation can be formative - that is, taking place during the development of a concept or during a seminar, with the intention of improving the value or effectiveness of the proposal of the project. It can also be assumptive, drawing lessons from a completed action of the project or a finished seminar.


Structured interpretation and giving of meaning to predicted or actual impacts of proposals or results.

Focuses of reflection

During Planning facilitators were considering goals, contents, methods, topic, needs and the environment. From time to time it's necessary to check if the process is still inline with the plans or if priorities have changed or needs are different, or a process should take a general different direction.


Goal Achievement

  • Group: Regarding the aimed interaction and cooperative learning in the group
  • Topic: The coverage of the foreseen topical aspects
  • Individual: Learning/development goals (in particular competency development, see below)
  • Process: The proceeding of the collective learning process


  • The choice of methods and their mix
  • The ability of facilitators to implement their methodological concept
  • Process moderation


  • Coverage of the necessary thematical aspects at a satisfactory depth
  • Inclusion of knowledge from the field participation/citizenship/democracy and how it was connected to the goal of the training


  • Facility: Opportunity to learn, to cooperate, to meet, to feel well-accommodated
  • Group: Opportunity and ability to involve, interact, relate to the other learners
  • Individual needs: Possibility to satisfy individual needs inside and outside the scheduled activities: social, cultural/spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional
  • With special attention to special needs
  • Inclusion of the local environment: in seminar work, in topical aspects

Competency development

  • Participant's acquisition of competencies
  • Participant's development towards feeling self-empowered and their ability to democratic participation
  • Your acquisition of competencies as a facilitator


  • Event management, logistics, problem-solving
  • Cooperation within the facilitation team

Concept: The Method Mix

The quality of results depends on the methodology of data collection for reflection. In particular, a range of different ways to assess and interpret the needed data should be included, according to the principle of method mix.

Method Mix:


  • Choose appropriate methods for your target group


  • Anonymous, half-public, or public

Group Relation

  • In a plenum, in other collaborative ways, or in individual work

Addresses different senses

  • Individually speaking, dialogue, writing, or moving

Quantitative or qualitative?

How deep should or must your evaluation go? When you want to know how your participants feel, you ask them to show you “thumb up/down”. Afterwards you know that ten persons feel well and three of them not so well. Or you ask detailed qualitative questions, with which you find out why they feel such a way or what they need to feel better. You use a quantitative and a qualitative method – both of them are effective based on the situation, and often complement each other.

Documentation of the Results

When choosing your method, you should also consider the form in which you need results. Language, pictures, photos… Many things are possible and they can complete a particular situation or also contrast it. It is important with most methods to formulate a question as concretely as possible.

As self-evaluation is crucial for independent learning, we also include methods her that help individuals to document learning outcomes, inspirations, and insights in an individual way.


Selected Methods

Individual Reflection and Assessment

An overview over different methods for evaluation in between and at the end of a learning process.

Selected Methods for Group Evaluation

These methods are facilitating a collective process of reasoning. Therefore, they are less confidential, allowing the group to exchange or discuss their observations or findings.

Self-Assessment of Facilitators

Checklists for a team of educators or for individual self-assessment.


Inspiring Handbooks and Sources from the Community

Apps and Tools: Evaluation

Apps and Tools: Recognition, Assessment, Validation

Several online tools support learners and educators in (self-)assessment. However, one should check their terms and conditions for storing and using personal data before using them in trainings.


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Evaluation is the structured inter­pretation and giving of meaning to predicted or actual impacts of proposals or results.