Evaluating your DE activities within the schools allows you to see the impact the work is having on students and teachers, and can inform school planning processes. This can range from allocating time for reflection, evaluation and feedback following your activities; to a systematic evaluation process measuring the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes and action of those involved at the beginning and end of DE activity.
Below are some resources and practical school examples to guide you through implementing this stamp category:
Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)
The SAT is a WWGS tool designed to monitor and evaluate the impact Development Education has had on students and teachers involved in DE activities within their school. We provide templates and1 page guide on how to use this – measuring the knowledge, skills, attitudes & values, and action of those involved before and after a DE activity. The SAT is designed to be flexible to measure the indicators relevant to your project. Please also see the attached ‘Sample Indicators List’ for other ideas for what you can measure. Feel free to adapt these to the specific learning outcomes of your DE project.
Practical School Examples:
Schools can also use their own evaluation techniques to supplement the SAT. Please see below details for examples of these:
Ballinamore Community School, Leitrim
“The WWGS Self Assessment Tool was completed to gather data on a cross section of students and staff…. We hope to use this data at the end of the year to plan for what areas we will focus on next year”. Diplomatic Global Passport Award Winner 2017
Clonturk Community College, Dublin
“There are two hours allocated to the ethical curriculum per week, per year group. The last ten mins of each session are allocated to student reflection using padlet or another similar platform. At the end of each module, a more detailed student survey is carried out using Google forms. The DE department, consisting of two teachers, allocated one hour a week of planning, which is informed by student reflection data”. Citizens Global Passport Award Winner 2017
Borrisokane Community School
“We have set up a committee which has six teachers and we have been allocated by the principal meeting time and covered supervision to have progress updates and meeting. In religion there is allocated time for reflection on the themes and in C.S.P.E, We carry out extension activities and use this for personal reflection on the activity and discussion”. Citizens Global Passport Award Winner 2016
Presentation College, Carlow
“Evaluations and measures of learning from DE activities inform School Self-Evaluation and school planning processes. Time is made available for Development Education Planning during School Planning Days. All Dev Ed Cluster Group workshops are evaluated. Talks and School workshops facilitated by NGOs are evaluated. Transition Year Development Education Module is evaluated using WWGS SAT at the beginning and end of the school year”. Special Global Passport Award Winner 2016
Roscommon Community College
“The WWGS Self-Assessment tool is used at the start and end of the school year. There is an NCCA-validated DE TY Unit delivered as part of the TY curriculum.” Diplomatic Global Passport Award Winner 2015