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close this bookAppropriate Community Technology - A Training Manual (Peace Corps; 1982; 685 pages)
View the documentThe Farallones Institute Rural Center
View the documentCHP International, INC.
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentIntroduction
close this folderPhase I: Introduction to training
View the documentPhase I Calendar
View the documentSession 1. Sharing perceptions of appropriate technology: an ice breaker
View the documentSession 2. Defining expectations of the appropriate community technology training program
View the documentSession 3. Group resource assessment
View the documentSession 4. Appropriate educational and learning processes part 1: non-formal education (nfe) and international community development work
View the documentSession 4. Appropriate educational and learning processes part 2: adult learning theory and how it is used in this training program
View the documentSession 5. Development of facilitation skills criteria
View the documentSession 6. Cross-cultural awareness and communication
View the documentSession 7. Hollow square
View the documentSession 8. Health in a cross-cultural context
View the documentSession 9. Community resource investigation
View the documentSession 10. An exercise in problem solving: formulating a plan for well-being
View the documentSession 11. Communication and listening skills
View the documentSession 12. Construction of earthen block molds: a focus on group dynamics
View the documentSession 13. Construction of earthen blocks
View the documentSession 14. Global energy issues
View the documentSession 15. Introduction to the evaluation process
View the documentSession 16. Evaluation and integration of training themes
Open this folder and view contentsPhase II: Earthen construction and fuel-saving cookstoves
Open this folder and view contentsPhase III: Pedal/treadle power
Open this folder and view contentsPhase IV: Solar water heaters
Open this folder and view contentsPhase V: Solar agricultural dryers
Open this folder and view contentsPhase VI: Concluding the program: The energy fair
Open this folder and view contentsAppendices
 

Session 15. Introduction to the evaluation process

Total time:

2 hours

Objectives:

* To examine the way in which participants are evaluated during the program
* To identify and clarify criteria that will serve as the basis for evaluating participants during the program and for assessing their readiness and suitability for future Peace Corps service

Resources:

* Attachment I-15-A, "Self Evaluation Sheet"
* Attachment I-15-8, "Trainer Evaluation Form"
* Attachment I-15-C, "Explanatory Notes on the Evaluation and Selection Process"

Materials:

Newsprint and felt-tip pens

Trainer Notes

It is important that staff members participate in this session so that decisions concerning the evaluation are mutually understood and accepted by both staff and participants from the start of the program.

Step 1. (10 minutes)
Review the session objectives.

Trainer Notes

Explain that throughout the program each participant will be evaluated based on the knowledge, skills, behavior and attitude that will be important during Peace Corps service. The essence of the evaluation system is that all who take part in the program -- staff and participants alike -- also share in the process of defining and using the criteria for effective Peace Corps work.

Also stress that the evaluation process will emphasise self evaluation on the part of all participants.

Step 2. (20 minutes)
Distribute Attachment I-15-C, "Explanatory Notes on the Evaluation ant Selection Process," and allow time for reading and questions.

Trainer Notes

Also included in Attachment I-15-C is an outline of the evaluation process as it occurs throughout training. This may be used as reference material for the trainer or made available to participants as well.

Step 3. (10 minutes)
Distribute Attachment I-15-A, "Self Evaluation Sheet," and Attachment I-15-B, "Trainer Evaluation Form," ant review them.

Trainer Notes

Explain that the criteria in each of the four categories have been developed during other training programs and are intended as samples that may be used as guidelines during the next step to help people develop their own criteria or modify the existing ones.

Step 4. (30 minutes)
Have the participants form four groups (one for each major evaluation category: communication, commitment, technical and cognitive) and develop on newsprint a list and explanation of the criteria that they believe are important as a basis for evaluation in that particular category.

Trainer Notes

Each group should include representatives from both staff and trainees to insure that there is active involvement by all who are participating in the training program.

Whether the criteria from the sample form are used, modified or changed, there should be ample time allotted for discussion so that the group can arrive at an agreement about the criteria to be used. It is possible that the group will accept the sample evaluation criteria ant all that will be necessary is a review and definition of the terms already listed.

Step 5. (45 minutes)
Reconvene the large group and have a representative from each group post and explain their criteria list

Trainer Notes

For each major category, the participant explaining his/her 1 group's criteria list should make any necessary modifications, additions or deletions such that the entire group agrees upon the list.

Step 6. (5 minutes)
Explain that the final criteria lists developed in this session will be used by the staff in completing "Trainer Evaluation Forms" and should be used by the participants in completing their "Self Evaluation Sheets" at the end of each evaluation period.

Trainer Notes

The criteria lists should be typed and transferred to the "Self Evaluation Sheets" and the "Trainer Evaluation Forms" before the end of the first evaluation period.

The written explanations for each criteria should be typed separately and distributed to all participants and staff as a reference aid.

SELF EVALUATION SHEET

Name:

Phase:

Criteria/trainee Comments __________________________________________________________
(Be specific and give examples to support your comments. Provide suggestions for self improvement.)

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

* Active Listening

* Clarity of Expression/Thought

* Versatility

* Feedback

* Role Flexibility

* Patience

* Effective Facilitation

COMMITMENT TO PROGRAM

* Positive Motivation

* Enthusiasm

* Taking Responsibility for Oneself and Program

* Punctuality

* Willingness to Change/Adapt

* Cooperation & Mutual Support

* Active Participation

* Self Assessment

* Sincerity

SELF EVALUATION SHEET

Name:

Phase:

Criteria/Trainee Comments ________________________________________________________
Be specific and give examples to support your comments. Provide suggestions for self improvement.

TECHNICAL COMPETENCE

* Resourcefulness

* Processes

* Results

* Understanding

* Transfer of Skills

COGNITIVE SKILLS

* Problem Solving

* Understanding Development Ideas

* Cross-Cultural Awareness

* Application of Experiential Learning

* Awareness of Strengths and Weaknesses

* Observation Skills

* Organizational Skills

TRAINER EVALUATION FORM

Name:

Phase:

Criteria/Staff Comments ____________________________________________________________
Be specific and give examples to support your comments. Provide suggestions for improvement.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

* Active Listening

* Clarity of Expression/Thought

* Versatility

* Feedback

* Role Flexibility

* Patience

* Effective Facilitation

COMMITMENT TO PROGRAM

* Positive Motivation

* Enthusiasm

* Taking Responsibility for Oneself and Program

* Punctuality

* Willingness to Change/Adapt

* Cooperation and Mutual Support

* Active Participation

* Self Assessment

* Sincerity

TRAINER EVALUATION FORM

Name:

Phase:

Criteria/Staff Comments ____________________________________________________________
Be specific and give examples to support your comments. Provide suggestions for improvement.

TECHNICAL COMPETENCE

* Resourcefulness

* Processes

* Results

* Understanding

* Transfer of Skills

COGNITIVE SKILLS

* Problem Solving

* Understanding Development Issues

* Cross-Cultural Awareness

* Application of Experiential Learning

* Awareness of Strengths and Weaknesses

* Observation Skills

* Organizational Skills

EXPLANATORY NOTES ON THE EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

The essence of this program is to help you develop the skills and knowledge that will be necessary during Peace Corps service. For this reason we emphasize the importance of ongoing evaluation. Such evaluation is essential to making any recommendation about your readiness and suitability for Peace Corps service.

Remember: you are not yet a Peace Corps Volunteer and it is your participation in this program that will help you and the training staff determine whether or not Peace Corps is the right direction for you at this time. We encourage you to take an active role in the process: from identifying the criteria that will be used to evaluate you, to taking part in the evaluation of your knowledge, skills, attitudes and characteristics that are relevant to future Peace Corps service.

The evaluation process includes a number of steps and is intended to provide staff and trainees with some tools for examining your growth and readiness. The decision to leave the program can be made at any point during training, either by you or by the training staff. Any decision of this kind should be mutual and based on an honest, open self appraisal.

The format and implementation plan of this evaluation and selection process consists of the following:

A. Skills and Knowledge Assessment Sheet

1. Purpose
To provide you and the training staff with an understanding of the skills and knowledge you bring to the program

2. Implementation
To be distributed and completed during the first week of the program

B. Introduction to Training Manual and Training Goals

1. Purpose
To provide you with an understanding of the goals and methodology of the training program

2. Implementation
To be distributed and explained during the first week of the program

C. Training Expectation List

1. Purpose
To enable you to clarify your expectations regarding the training program and to enable the training staff to clarify its expectations

2. Implementation
To be developed in a structured activity during the first week of the program

D. Peace Corps Service Expectation List

1. Purpose
To enable you to clarify your expectations regarding Peace Corps service as a volunteer

2. Implementation
To be developed in a structured activity during the second week of the program

E. Trainee Evaluation Criteria

1. Purpose
To provide you and the training staff with a basis for assessing your ability to acquire the skills necessary for successful Peace Corps service

2. Implementation
To be carried out through the use of the following multiple techniques and indicators:

a. Trainer Evaluation Forms To include trainee evaluation criteria lists. They are designed to be completed by the training staff at the end of each phase of training

b. Self Evaluation Forms To include the same components as the Phase Evaluation Forms and to be completed by you at the end of each phase of training

F. Counterpart Sessions

1. Purpose
To provide you and the training staff with the opportunity to share perceptions of your progress regarding levels of skills acquisition and to discuss strengths and weaknesses in a mutually supportive and constructive environment

2. Implementation
To be conducted at the end of each phase of the program on a one-to-one trainee/staff basis with completed Trainer Evaluation Forms and Self Evaluation Sheets serving as a basis for discussion

G. Final Written Statement of the Role of Volunteer in Development

1. Purpose
To provide you and the training staff with a final written statement of your perceptions of your role as a Peace Corps volunteer

2. Implementation
To be completed during Phase VI of the training program

H. Final Skills and Knowledge Assessment Sheet

1. Purpose
To provide you and the training staff with an understanding of any new skills and knowledge you acquired during the training program

2. Implementation
To be distributed and completed during Phase VI of the training program

J. Final Interview

1. Purpose
Based on the culmination of all completed evaluation techniques and indicators, to provide you and the training staff the opportunity to discuss your overall readiness and suitability for Peace Corps service and to arrive at a final, mutually negotiated decision regarding your invitation for Peace Corps service

2. Implementation
To be conducted during the final week of training

K. Final Written Recommendation

1. Purpose
To provide you, the training staff and Peace Corps with a final written statement of your level of skills development and an over-all recommendation regarding your invitation to enter Peace Corps service

2. Implementation
To be completed and negotiated mutually during final interviews

PHASE I

PHASE II

PHASE III

PHASE IV

PHASE V

PHASE Vl

Introduce the evaluation process

Complete Skills and Knowledge Assessment Sheets

Introduce the training manual and program goals

Identify expectations of training program

Develop trainee evaluation using Trainer Evaluation Forms and Self Evaluation Sheets

Conduct counterpart Sessions to discuss written evaluations

Develop expectation list for Peace Corps service

Develop written evaluation using Trainer Evaluation Forms and Self Evaluation Sheets

Conduct counterpart sessions to discuss written evaluations

Develop written trainee evaluations using Trainer Evaluation Forms and Self Evaluation Sheets

Conduct counterpart sessions to discuss written evaluations

Develop written trainee evaluations using Trainer Evaluation Forms and Self Evaluation Sheets

Conduct counterpart sessions to discuss written evaluations

Develop written trainee evaluations using Trainer Evaluation Forms and Self Evaluation Sheets

Conduct counterpart sessions to discuss written evaluations

Complete final written statement of the role of the volunteer in development

Complete Final Skills and Knowledge Assessment Sheets

Conduct final interviews to review all evaluations and discuss final invitation to Peace Corps service

Complete final written recommendation stating over-all levels of skills development and final invitation to Peace Corps service

NOTE: It is important to consistently carry out all the components of the trainee evaluation process in an ongoing fashion throughout the program. This brief schematic outline indicates the major components of the process as they should occur in each phase.

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