Steps > Evaluating > A “How-to” Guide to Evaluations
1. What Do You Want to Know?
Think about why you’re evaluating and what your evaluation is going to measure.
If you’re trying to find out whether an initiative has been successful, see if you followed your mission statement and met your goals and objectives.
If you don’t have a mission statement or goals or objectives, decide with management and your employee committee how your organization will measure success.
For example, you can measure success by changes in:
2. Thinking About Employees
If you’re considering making improvements to the initiative, think about whether the initiative is still relevant and appropriate for employees. Find out if there are any barriers to participation in the program or to participation in physical activity during the workday.
As employees are the ones participating in the program, it’s important to give them a chance to provide feedback on the physical activity initiative.
3. Choosing an Evaluation Method
Decide on your evaluation method. Both measurable results (e.g., absenteeism rates or questionnaire responses) and descriptive results (e.g., one-on-one interviews or focus groups) can be used to evaluate. The method you choose will depend on the time and funding available and what you want to measure.
You will likely have to create or modify evaluation data collection tools. For example, you may create an employee survey or create questions to ask in a focus group. Creating the tools you use may take some time and collaboration with your committee or managers.
4. Deciding How to Do the Evaluation
Plan when and where you will do your evaluation (and who will be evaluated). For more information, read the “Types of Evaluations” section on this website.
You may want to pilot test your evaluation (e.g., with members of the employee committee) before sending it out to employees. The employee committee may also want to evaluate the initiative’s planning process.
5. Doing the Evaluation
Find out More
Content copyright Alberta Centre for Active Living