Evaluation Discussion Threads (Online Settings)

Individual Activity, Participant Evaluation, Staff/Volunteer Use on February 15th, 2010 Comments Off on Evaluation Discussion Threads (Online Settings)


Program coordinators can collect direct feedback about a program by starting new evaluation discussion threads asking forum users targeted questions. Only one question should be asked at a time. This is less formal than an online survey and may increase the number of responses received.

Further Details

Questions which could be used to start new evaluation discussion threads and collect direct feedback from young people are identified by program staff/volunteers, for example:

  • What is the most significant change for you since first accessing the forum?
  • Why did you first access the forum?
  • Why do you continue to access the forum?
  • What do you like about the forum?
  • What would you change about the forum?
  • Do you generally access the forum for yourself or for someone else?
  • How do you use the forum? e.g. read only, read and write
  • Has anything you have read on the forum caused you concern? Please explain
  • Describe a defining moment in your life during the past 3 months
  • Tell us one or more good things that have happened to you in the last 3 months

The questions should be tailored to the program’s objectives and the characteristics of the target group.

Suggested Uses

Evaluation discussion threads are a useful way of collecting targeted, direct feedback from users. They can be used as an online poll to answer specific questions and identify consistencies and differences in the target user group.

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