Step 4: Evaluation

Evaluating your training session is a key part of your work as a YDI educator and should be routine aspect of your sessions.

Evaluation should generate evidence on how effective your training session has been. This is not always easy to do but there are many resources out there to help you understand both how to evaluate your session and also what to avoid.

Below are some resources to assist you in understanding the principles which lie behind effective evaluation along with a helpful toolkit resource, which is free to use.

Road Safety Evaluation

Developed by DfT and RoSPA, this is the most relevant site on evaluation for road safety practitioners. It contains an exhaustive section of evaluation topics with information on ‘why evaluate’, ‘how to evaluate’, ‘research methods’, ‘financial issues’ , ‘intervention planning’, evaluation experiences including real life examples of road safety ETP evaluations, evaluation reports, guides, FAQs and Glossary.

At the centre of the site is the E-valu-it toolkit, which can be of great use to road safety practitioners in planning and carrying out an evaluation of an intervention. The E-Valu-it toolkit asks you to complete a set of questions about the intervention and provides the user with recommendations about how to go about evaluating what you are doing. It also gives a partly completed report template to complete the evaluation with. The E-valu-it toolkit contains video toolkit tutorials to help you along the way and also houses a list of links to evaluation guides of different road safety ETP topics

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Guidelines for evaluating road safety education interventions

Guidance to assist road safety officers and other practitioners in conducting road safety education evaluations. It talks through the reasons for doing evaluations, the terminology used in evaluation, how to choose an evaluator, the steps in carrying out an evaluation and includes case study evaluations as annexes.

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Evaluation Support Scotland

Evaluation Support Scotland works with voluntary organisations and funders to measure the impact of their work. They provide practical support and access to resources and tools. This includes; case studies, Evaluation Support Scotland support guides, online training, thematic guides and resources, other tools and events and training.

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UK Evaluation Society

Includes sections on on-line resources, Glossary, Bibliography, Guidelines, Courses and Journals.

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W. K. Kellogg Foundation – Evaluation Handbook

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Safer Communities Programme. Principle 4: Better outcomes for communities. Evaluation: A guide to basic evaluation. Safer Scotland. Scottish Government.

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Guidance for transport impact evaluations. Choosing an evaluation approach to achieve better attribution. March 2010. Developed by the Tavistock Institute in consultation with AECOM.

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