Evaluation

How You Can Implement a Men's Health Day


Don’t forget to evaluate your program!  Evaluation simply means systematically collecting and analyzing information to answer basic questions about your program and to improve it. 

Evaluation is important because it can:

  • Help identify what works and what doesn’t.
  • Show your community what the program does and how it benefits participants and the wider community.
  • Help you raise money by providing proof of its impact to funders.

We suggest that you ask each participant to fill out a pen and paper survey as a final activity on the Men's Health Day.  The survey should cover key topics, such as what the participant liked and did not like about the program.  We suggest that the partners invest time and effort in deciding what you want to learn from your evaluation to get the most out of it.  This cannot be emphasized enough.  Consider what you would like to discover about your program and its impact on participants and use this information to guide your evaluation planning.  Revisit your evaluation design annually and make adjustments as needed.

Keep these tips in mind when crafting your survey:

  • Keep it brief.  Pay attention to how much time the survey takes to complete, rather than the number of questions or pages.
  • Pay attention to how the survey is formatted.  Use large, clear font and provide plenty of room for responses.
  • Use simple language that will be easily understood by your various participants. Avoid jargon, abbreviations and scientific terminology.
  • Try the survey out with co-workers or community volunteers to see if the questions are understandable and the survey is easy to complete.
  • Plan for how you will analyze the responses to the survey.  Can you use a simple spreadsheet?

Try to collect mostly the same information for each event in order to monitor change over time.

 

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