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close this bookAppropriate Community Technology - A Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1982, 685 p.)
close this folderPhase VI: Concluding the program: The energy fair
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View the documentPhase VI Calendar
View the documentSession 1. Orientation to final assessment and evaluation
View the documentSession 2. Preparation for the energy fair
View the documentSession 3. The energy fair
View the documentSession 4. Final clean-up and project disassembly
View the documentSession 5. Energy fair evaluation
View the documentSession 6. Training program evaluation
View the documentSession 7. Resources

(introduction...)

The Energy Fair
The Role of the Volunteer in Development
Training Program Evaluation

Phase VI Calendar


DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

A.M.

Orientation to Final Assessment and Evaluation (Skill Areas (II & V)

Preparation (continued)

Preparation (continued)


SESSION 2: Prepararion for the Energy Fair (I & IV)



P.M.

Preparation (continued)

Preparation (continued)

Preparation (continued)


DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

A.M.

SESSION 3:
The Energy Fair (IV)

Clean-up

Final Preparations for Departure



SESSION 5: Energy Fair Evaluation (V)


P.M.

SESSION 4: Final Clean-up and Profect Disassembly (IV)

SESSION 6: Training Program Evaluation (V)




SESSION 7: Resources (III)


Session 1. Orientation to final assessment and evaluation

Total time:

2 hours

Objectives:

* To discuss and clarify the final assessment and evaluation process


* To develop a written, cumulative self-assessment/evaluation


* To discuss and develop a final written recommendation regarding invitations to continue Peace Corps service

Resources:

* Attachment VI-1-A, "Final Assessment Worksheet"


* Attachment VI-1-B, "Final Assessment Implementation Plan"


* Copies of the five "Trainer Evaluation Forms" and "Self-Evaluation Sheets" used during the counterpart sessions throughout the training program

Procedures:

Step 1. (5 minutes)
Begin by reviewing the objectives and explaining the goals of the final assessment/evaluation process.

Trainer Notes

The goal of the final assessment/evaluation process is to produce a written, final recommendation which will provide both participant and Peace Corps with a cumulative assessment of skill levels as well as a mutually-negotiated decision regarding suitability to continue with in-country training.

Step 2. (10 minutes)
Distribute and explain Attachment VI-1-A, "Final Assessment Worksheet," and Attachment VI-1-B, "Final Assessment Implementation Plan." Allow time for discussion and questions.

Trainer Notes

An individual worksheet should be provided for each of the four major skill areas to be evaluated (communication skills, commitment to program, technical skills and cognitive skills).

Step 3. (10 minutes)
Provide a brief explanation of the time-line of the final assessment process.

Trainer Notes

Due to the nature of the final phase of the training program, the time-line for carrying out the final assessment process should remain flexible and responsive to the needs of both participants and staff as dictated by commitments arising from preparation for the Energy Fair. You May find it helpful, however, to suggest that all final interviews be completed no later than the fourth day of the final phase. This will allow ample time for processing final recommendations prior to the departure of the participants.

Step 4. (5 minutes)
Give each participant a copy of each of the five past "Trainer Evaluation Forms" and "Self-Evaluation Sheets" explaining that they should be used as reference aids in writing the cumulative, self-assessment/evaluation.

Trainer Notes

In completing the worksheets, you may wish to ask participants to focus on providing succinct, cumulative statements of their self-assessments and to identify specific skill areas that they would like to continue to develop during training.

Step 5. (85 minutes)
Have the participants complete their written, cumulative statements.

Step 6. (5 minutes)
Collect the completed worksheets ant all copies of the "Trainer Evaluation Forms" and "Self- Evaluation Sheets."

Trainer Notes

In keeping with the Final Assessment Implementation Plan (See Attachment VI-1-B), worksheets, "Trainer Evaluation Forms" and "Self-Evaluation Sheets" should be made available to the training staff for the purpose of developing the cumulative assessment of each participant.

Based on these two written perspectives (participant and training staff), the final interview should be a dialogue between participant and staff in which final, cumulative assessment statements and the resultant recommendations for invitation to Peace Corps service are negotiated mutually and entered in writing in the column of the worksheets.

These final, cumulative statements should be typed according to the format provided below and distributed to participants for signing.

Copies of the final recommendations should be made available to participants, the training institute and to appropriate Peace Corps authorities.

Following is a suggested format for the final written evaluations/recommendations:

FINAL EVALUATION/RECOMMENDATION

(Participant Data)

Name:________________________
Program #:_____________________

(Training Institute Data)

Name:__________________________
Address:________________________

I. SKILL AREAS

A. Communication Skills
(Cumulative statement from "Final Assessment Worksheet")

B. Commitment to Program
(Cumulative statement from "Final Assessment Worksheet")

C. Technical Skills
(Cumulative statement from "Final Assessment Worksheet")

D. Cognitive Skills
(Cumulative statement from "Final Assessment Worksheet")

II. FINAL RECOMMENDATION

In view of the above evaluation, the (name of training institute) and (name of participant) mutually recommend that an invitation to further in-country training should/should not be extended at this time.

Signature of
Participant:___________________________Date:_________

FINAL ASSESSMENT WORKSHEET

Name:_____________________________
Program #:__________________________

* For the major skill area listed below, provide a cumulative assessment of skill level.
* Include reference to any specific skill areas upon which further training should focus.
* Provide a final recommendation regarding continued Peace Corps service.

Skill Area

Participant Cumulative Assessment Training Staff Cumulative Assessment

Final Cumulative Statement







Final Recommendation






FINAL ASSESSMENT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

I. In writing, on "Final Assessment Worksheets" --

A. Participants develop a self-assessment of their skill levels in each of the four major skill areas, based on their comments on the "Self-Evaluation Sheets."

B. The training staff develops a similar assessment, based on their comments on the "Trainer Evaluation Forms."

II. During final interviews --

A. Participants and training staff discuss their respective assessment statements on the worksheets.

B. Participants and training staff negotiate final, mutually-acceptable, written statements which:

1. Represent a summary of participant's skill levels in each of the four major skill areas

2. Identify any specific skill areas which the participant may need additional opportunity to develop

3. Provide a statement of final recommendation regarding the participant's suitability to continue Peace Corps service.

III. Final, cumulative statements are typed according to a "Final Evaluation/Recommendation" format and distributed to participants for signing.

IV. Copies of the "final Evaluations/Recommendations" are made available to participants, the training staff, Peace Corps in-country representatives and Peace Corps Washington representatives.

Session 2. Preparation for the energy fair

Total time:

22 hours

Objective:

To plan and prepare the presentation of a community festival

Resources:

As determined by the participants

Materials:

As determined by the participants

Procedures:

As determined by the participants

Trainer Notes

In keeping with the overall goal of providing participants with the opportunity to creatively demonstrate and practice skills acquired during the training program, you should encourage them to work as independently of the training staff as possible in all aspects of planning and coordinating the Energy Fair activities.

The training staff should be available for the purpose of pro viding consultation and guidance only.

Session 3. The energy fair

Total time:

4 - 6 hours

Objectives:

* To present a community festival


* To demonstrate communication, cognitive and technical skills acquired during the training program

Resources:

As determined by the participants

Materials:

As determined by the participants

Procedures:

As determined by the participants

Trainer Notes

In keeping with the overall goal of providing participants with the opportunity to creatively demonstrate and practice skills acquired during the training program, you should encourage them to work as independently of the training staff as possible in all aspects of implementing Energy Fair activities.

The training staff should be available for the purposes of providing consultation and guidance only.

If videotape equipment is available, you should arrange to record the Energy Fair activities for the purpose of providing a basis for up-coming Energy Fair evaluation (See Phase VI: Session 5).

Session 4. Final clean-up and project disassembly

Total time:

4 hours

Objectives:

* To clean and organize the training site


* To disassemble and/or store devices built during the training program

Resources:

As needed

Materials:

As needed

Procedures:

As needed

Trainer Notes

* Following the Energy Fair, it is expected that there will be a need for cleaning up the training site, dismantling or storing devices and removing any additional equipment built for use in the Fair.

* The procedures for this activity will depend upon the nature of the Energy Fair and, therefore, should be determined by the participants.

* One or two members of the training staff should be avail able to provide assistance.

Session 5. Energy fair evaluation

Total time:

2 hours

Objectives:

* To evaluate the planning and implementing of the Energy Fair


* To plan, carry out and evaluate a training session

Materials:

Newsprint and felt-tip pens

Trainer Notes

You may wish to select a participant to facilitate this session. If so, be certain to brief the participant in advance. Also, allow time at the end of the session for feedback on the participant's facilitation skills.

Procedures:

Step 1. (5 minutes)
Review the session objectives and procedures.

Trainer Notes

This session is designed to carry out two processes at the same time: the participants themselves will be called upon to determine the procedure and will be practicing the skills involved in session planning while simultaneously evaluating the Energy Fair.

Step 2. (10 minutes)
Have the participants brainstorm a list of 4 or 5 criteria for evaluating their work in planning and implementing the Energy Fair. Post their responses on newsprint.

Trainer Notes

* This step should be kept as brief as possible since the criteria are meant to serve only as a basis for generating discussion.

* Provide some focus by suggesting such broad areas for evaluation as the effectiveness of planning, group work, facilitation skills, demonstrations, etc.

Step 3. (10 minutes)
Assist the participants in identifying a procedure for evaluating the Energy Fair using the criteria they have established.

Trainer Notes

* Assist the participants by suggesting the importance of outlining the procedure in a step-by-step manner and setting time limits based on the time allotted for Step 4.

* If a video recording of the Energy Fair has been made, suggest including it in the evaluation procedure.

Step 4. (90 minutes)
Have the participants carry out the planned procedures.

Step 5. (5 minutes)
Conclude the session by soliciting feedback from the participants regarding how well the objectives were met.

Trainer Notes

The focus of this feedback should be on the group's effectiveness at evaluating the Energy Fair as well as on their effectiveness at planning and implementing this session.

Session 6. Training program evaluation

Total time:

2 hours

Objectives:

* To evaluate, both verbally and in writing, the overall effectiveness of the training program


* To plan, carry out and evaluate a training session

Resources:

Attachment VI-6-A, ''Mid-Cycle and Final Evaluation of Training Goals"

Materials:

Newsprint and felt-tip pens

Trainer Notes

Ask a participant volunteer to facilitate this session. Be certain to brief him/her thoroughly in advance and allow time at the end of the session for feedback on the facilitation skills demonstrated.

Procedures:

Step 1. (5 minutes)
Review the session objectives and explain that the purpose of this evaluation is to provide feedback on the training program which will be used in planning future training programs.

Trainer Notes

This session is designed to carry out two processes at the same time: the participants will be called upon to determine the procedures and will be practicing skills involved in session planning while simultaneously evaluating the training program.

Step 2. (10 minutes)
Distribute and briefly explain Attachment VI-6-A, "Mid-Cycle and Final Evaluation of the Training Goals."

Trainer Notes

Explain that the evaluation form is intended only as a guide in helping participants develop their own plan for evaluating the training program.

Step 3. (15 minutes)
Assist participants in planning a procedure for evaluating both verbally and in writing the overall effectiveness of the program.

Trainer Notes

Mention the importance of outlining the procedure in a stepby-step manner and setting time limits based on the time allotted for Step 4.

Step 4. (80 minutes)
Have the participants carry out the planned procedures.

Step 5. (10 minutes)
Collect the written evaluations and conclude the session, soliciting feedback regarding how well the objectives were met.

Trainer Notes

This feedback should focus on the group's effectiveness at evaluating the program as well as on the group's effectiveness at planning and implementing the session.

MID-CYCLE AND FINAL EVALUATION OF TRAINING GOALS

Rate the effectiveness of the training program in achieving the following goals. Give 2 or 3 specific examples in support of your rating.


Not very Effective

Adequate

Extremely Effective

1. Assess and analyze community felt needs

1

2

3.

4

5

2. Assist others in the design, adaptation, construction, utilization and maintenance of simple technologies

1

2

3

4

5

3. Acquire and apply skills and attitudes that promote the improvement of the quality of life through local initiative, community problem solving

1

2

3

4

5

4. Examine and understand the cultural and societal values that accompany all overseas development workers

1

2

3

4

5

5. Develop and practice effective experiential learning and teaching processes

1

2

3

4

5

6. Understand the synergistic relationship between health and technology and the inter related nature of all aspects of culture

1

2

3

4

5

7. Encourage and include the active, full participation of all community members in programs of change

1

2

3

4

5

8. Maintain personal well-being and the attitudes conducive to effective and appropriate overseas service

1

2

3

4

5

Session 7. Resources

Total time:

1-1/2 hours

Objective:

To identify and discuss resources available to assist field workers in developing countries

Resources:

* Attachment VI-7-A, "Appropriate Technology Information and Resource List"


* Bibliography, from Training Manual

Materials:

Paper and pens

Procedures:

Step 1. (10 minutes) Review the session objectives and distribute Attachment VI-7-A, "Appropriate Technology Information and Resource List," and the Bibliography from Appendix C.

Trainer Notes

While distributing the materials, explain that an important role of community development facilitators is to promote the exchange and development of resource information.

Step 2. (30 minutes)
Facilitate a discussion of some of the various resources available to Peace Corps Volunteers and of appropriate ways to use them.

Trainer Notes

Some suggested topics for this discussion include:

Host country resources:

* Government agencies, offices and ministries - Libraries
* Embassies (for literature and films)
* Other voluntary agencies and assistance groups
* Other PCVs and staff
* Development agencies (UNDP, USAID)

Peace Corps, Washington:

* Information Collection and Exchange (ICE)
* ACTION library
* Desk officers
* Continued

Organizations that provide technical assistance, including:

* Volunteers in Technical Assistance
* Intermediate Technology Development Group
* League for International Food Education

Films and Periodicals:

* See resource lists.

Health and nutrition information:

* See resource lists.

Women in development information:

* See resource lists.

Funding:

* Peace Corps Partnership Program
* US AID
* Local resources
* Private voluntary organizations
* VITA
* Appropriate Technology International
* International development groups and appropriate technology organizations
* Review of proposal writing

Networking:

* Development and appropriate technology organizations
* Newsletters and journals
* Establishment and maintenance of a Peace Corps Energy Program network

Step 3. (25 minutes)
Encourage participants to contribute additional resource information and exchange any addresses which may be mutually beneficial.

Step 4. (15 minutes)
Conclude the session by encouraging a brief discussion of ways in which participants can provide one another with informational support while in the field.

Trainer Notes

Suggest newsletters, correspondence, tapes, etc. and emphasize the importance of forming and joining a network of development facilitators who share similar goals.

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION AND RESOURCE LIST

Information Collection & Exchange
Office of Multilateral and Special Programs
ACTION/Peace Corps
806 Connecticut Ave. N. W.
Washington, D. C. 20525
(for program and training journals, and appropriate technology information)

Farallones Institute Rural Center
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465

Farallones Institute Urban House
1516 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(plans, drawings, publications, info)

Aprovecho Institute
359 Polk Street
Eugene, OR 97402
503-929-6925

Community Environmental Council
924 Anacapa St., Suite 34
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(drawings, publications, info)

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
1717 18th St. N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(charts, drawings, publications, info)

State of California Office of Appropriate Technology
1623 10th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-445-1803

New Alchemy Institute
Box 432
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(info and monthly journal)

Appropriate Technology International
1709 N St. N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-293-9270
(funding & info for 3rd world groups)

Hesperian Foundation
P. O. Box 1692
Palo Alto, CA 94302
415-3274576
(health & self-help info)

INFORMATION WITH PUBLICATIONS
Newsletters and books

Volunteers in Technical Assistance
3706 Rhode Island Ave.
Mt. Rainier, MO 20822
(monthly newsletter, technical assistance service & Vita Village Technology Handbook in Spanish and English)

Appropriate Technology Project
Volunteers in Asia
Box 4543
Stanford, CA 94305
(excellent Appropriate Technology Sourcebook to get you to what you are looking for)

Intermediate Technology Development Group
9 King St.
London WCQE 8HN
England
(quarterly Journal of Appropriate Technology - if you only have one to subscribe to, this is it' and publications list on everything you can imagine)

International Association for the Advancement of Appropriate Technologies for Developing Countries
University of Michigan
603 East Madison
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
313-764-6410
(monthly journal called Approtech)

Transnational Network for Appropriate Technologies (TRANET)
P. O. Box 567
Rangeley, ME 04970
(excellent networking and ideasoriented newsletter)

Vecinos Mundiales/World Neighbors
5116 North Porland Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(quarterly magazine in both Spanish & English; excellent for material on work you might do in community development)

Brace Research Institute
McDonald College of McGill University
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, P. Q.
HOA ICO Canada
(lots of technical information)

Canadian Hunger Foundation
75 Sparks St.
Ottawa, Ontario
KIP 5A5 Canada
(last two groups have jointly published A Handbook in Appropriate Technology)

Technical Assistance Information Clearinghouse (TAICH)
200 Park Ave. South
Hew York, NW 10002
(newsletter on world issues)

Whole Earth Truck Store
558 Santa Cruz Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(bibliography list & mail order of anything, almost!)