6.4 Evaluating FAL Programmes
This topic attempts to answer questions of what is evaluation in a FAL programme and what tools and skills are used.
After going through these questions, the participant is expected to effectively evaluate a FAL programme.
By the end of the session, the participants should be able to:
• Identify the issues to evaluate in a FAL programme.
c) Time: 1 hour 45 minutes.
d) Learning Aids: Newsprint, cards, markers, masking tape, blackboard, chalk.
e) Procedure and Learning Points:
[20 min.] Facilitator puts up the following drawing for participants to view:
After viewing for a few minutes, participants are asked the following questions to establish whether they are all seeing the same things in the picture.
a) What do you see in the picture?
a) Two men, one is a farmer the other one is an extension worker.
Step 2: Group work.
[40 min.] In groups of 5-7 persons, participants work on the following tasks:
Supposing you were the extension worker (literacy supervisor) like the one in the picture, evaluating a FAL programme.
a) What would you evaluate as learners and as trainers?
Step 3: Plenary.
[40 min.] Groups present their work for discussion. Facilitator then introduces his/her input for discussion/comparison.
a) What to evaluate (indicators):
As learners (community level)
• Number of participants.
As facilitators (trainers)
• Name, age, sex, education, standard of each participant.
b) Skills to be used in evaluation:
• Analytical skills.
As in monitoring, all the key players in the FAL programme need to be involved in the evaluation exercise. For that matter, each level of players ought to develop indicators or issues to evaluate. Evaluation exercise requires one to develop a number of skills such as observation, interviewing and analysis.
Which of the discussed tools and evaluation indicators would you omit and why?
Prepare the tools that you will use for evaluating the FAL programme.
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