What is the DIY Evaluation Guide?
The DIY Evaluation Guide is an accessible resource for teachers
which introduces the key principles of educational evaluation and provides
guidance on how to conduct small-scale evaluations in schools.
The guide explains the
importance of “Do It Yourself” evaluation. It outlines a range of options open
to teachers who want to improve the way they evaluate new interventions or
strategies and provides practical advice on designing and carrying out
Why is DIY Evaluation Useful?
DIY evaluation is useful for three reasons:
- It indicates
whether or not an intervention is effective.
Without evaluation, it is impossible
to know whether an intervention is having a positive impact on learning. It can
be tempting to implement plausible-sounding strategies which, in reality, don’t
saves teachers time.
It is often easier to start doing something new
than it is to stop doing something which has been running for a number of
years. The evaluation strategies in this guide show how data can be used to
obtain an estimate of the impact of a particular intervention. Teachers can
then put their time and effort into the most effective things and avoid pursuing
approaches that do not work
guides future action.
By investing a little time in carefully recording
what is being done and by measuring its outcome, it is easy to identify
improvements for the future.