Cover Image
close this bookAquaculture - Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1990, 350 p.)
close this folderChapter nineteen: Program design - week ten
View the documentSession X-1: Culture shock
View the documentSession X-2: Processing of pond construction project (and wheelbarrows)
View the documentSession X-3: Final interviews
View the documentSession X-4: Final trainee evaluation of training program

Session X-4: Final trainee evaluation of training program

Objective: Provide staff with feedback from trainees that can be used to evaluate the program and improve future programs.

Overview: Each trainee is asked to fill out an evaluation form similar to the ones they completed on a biweekly basis through most of the program. These are collected at the final interviews and are very useful to staff for evaluating their own performance and effectiveness, and for improving planned activities, session designs, training techniques and logistics. Following is a trainer note and a sample of a form used in past programs.

Trainer notes:

· With so much going on at the end of the program, it can be difficult to ensure that each trainee receives a form and that a completed form is collected from everyone. One system that worked fairly well was for the trainers to give an evaluation form to each trainee when notifying that individual that his/her final report was accepted. At this point, the trainee will no longer be distracted and under pressure (since the final report is completed), and should be able to give time and attention to filling out the form thoughtfully. The trainer asks each trainee to bring the completed form to the final interview, but should point out that the form will not be collected until the interview is completed. Another alternative is to give out the forms at the final interview and ask that they be turned in at the final dinner, but, based on experience in this program, this seems less likely to result in all forms being returned.

· An example of a final evaluation form follows:

FINAL EVALUATION OF TRAINING

Name:_____________________________

Country:___________________________

Date:______________________________

1. Please rate the following training activities on a scale of 1 to 5.(1=not valuable, 5=very valuable):

Orientation Sessions (first two days of program)

1 2 3 4 5

Set of pond management plans (stocking, feeding, etc.)

1 2 3 4 5

Management of your own pond1

1 2 3 4 5

Masonry/Carpentry exercise

1 2 3 4 5

Seminars

1 2 3 4 5

Resource people

1 2 3 4 5

Long field trip

1 2 3 4 5

Site selection/pond design exercises

1 2 3 4 5

Trainer Panels

1 2 3 4 5

Pond Construction Exercise

1 2 3 4 5

Final Pond Report preparation

1 2 3 4 5

Personal Interviews

1 2 3 4 5

Additional comments (especially on activities you rated particularly high or low):

2. Please rate the training program staff on the following (1=low, 5=high):

Technical competence

1 2 3 4 5

Commitment to Peace Corps Aquaculture

1 2 3 4 5

Professionalism

1 2 3 4 5

Concern for your personal progress

1 2 3 4 5

General attitude

1 2 3 4 5

Effectiveness as trainers

1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

3. Please make any comments you may have regarding the suitability of the training facilities.

4. Please rate your skill levels in the following areas compared to ten weeks ago on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=no improvement, 5=excellent improvement):

Pond site selection/surveying

1 2 3 4 5

Pond construction

1 2 3 4 5

Water quality

1 2 3 4 5

Fertilization

1 2 3 4 5

Feeding

1 2 3 4 5

Stocking rates

1 2 3 4 5

Fish handling

1 2 3 4 5

Harvesting

1 2 3 4 5

Extension methods

1 2 3 4 5

Economics and marketing

1 2 3 4 5

Report writing

1 2 3 4 5

Speaking in front of groups

1 2 3 4 5

Problem solving

1 2 3 4 5

Interviewing

1 2 3 4 5

Planning/goal setting

1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

5. Please make any general comments you may have on the training program and the impact it has had on your understanding of fish culture, the role of the volunteer, your self-confidence, commitment to Peace Corps and fisheries program, motivation, etc.