National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning
A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs

Resource Description

This resource addresses the topic: Evaluation.

Collecting Evaluation Data: Direct Observation
Ellen Taylor-Powell and Sara Steele
This publication discusses direct observation as a method of collecting evaluation data. The authors highlight situations when direct observation is useful, including when you want direct information or when you are trying to understand an ongoing behavior or process or unfolding event. The guide lists the program components that should be observed, including behavior, physical surroundings, and interactions, and it discusses what an evaluator should look for during observations and how to record what is observed. The publication also explores requirements and training methods for observers. The appendix includes examples of observation guides that are used to record information. (8 pages)
© 1996
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Cooperative Extension Publications
University of Wisconsin
45 N. Charter St.
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 877-947-7827

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