How do you know the staff development you design is getting the results
Broward County HRD Department requires that the designer of the staff development activity align the evaluation to the specific objectives.
Historically as staff developers we have documented our work, rather than evaluating it. We have counted the numbers of participants, reported the calendar or schedule of programs, calculated the cost and sometimes the reactions of the participants.
Review the shift in thinking about evaluating staff development.
It is important for the evaluation to consider the context, process and content of a staff development initiative, as all may be important to the results and impact on student achievement or performance. Staff development evaluations of the past often focused only on process.
You may remember the NSDC Standards you reviewed in the Introductory Module were organized by context, process and content. If you are not familiar with the terms context, process and content in relation to staff development. Click on the links to learn more.
Reflect on the
design you are producing for this course.
To learn more about thinking of staff development planning and evaluation in terms of the content, process and context read Tom Guskey’s brief article on Backwards Planning. After reviewing the article, close the window and return to the module.
Now let's look at how the thinking about the evaluation of adult learning opportunities has evolved to the new requirements outlined by Broward County.
What are your ideas about the kind of evaluation needed to measure your staff development project for this course? Understanding the evolution of thinking about evaluation may be helpful as you plan for the type of evaluation you will need to use.
Kirkpatrick’s thinking suggests there are four levels of evaluation:
Click on each to learn more about this pioneer’s thinking about evaluation.
Guskey suggests there are five levels of professional development evaluation:
Click on each to learn about this contemporary thinking about professional development evaluation in educational settings.
The Broward County evaluation model synthesized the work of Kirkpatrick and Guskey and the HRD Department identified three possible levels of evaluation:
Click on each to review the Broward County Schools’ HRD Department definition.
The bottom line for staff development evaluation today is to assure that the development of teachers, administrators, and other educators is focusing on education’s bottom line: improved student performance.
To understand the current thinking about staff development evaluation that links to student performance, read the National Staff Development Council’s explanation of their evaluation standard. Other links for additional resources are provided at the end of the article. Select one or two articles of interest to you for further development of your understanding.
To determine if the desired changes occurred, the designer must identify what data to collect and the most appropriate process to gather the data.
Broward County HRD Department provides examples of common data collection methods for each of the three levels of evaluation which may provide ideas to the designer considering the most appropriate approach for data collection for your project for this course.
Designers may benefit by viewing an example. Using the example of the Broward County Upward Bound Leadership Team Training,
Individual approaches or combinations may be planned for gathering evaluation data by the designer. PDF files are provided if you wish to print out the information. Be aware that in Adobe Acrobat you may zoom in and out of a document. After printing a specific PDF hit the back button on your browser to navigate back to the main module. For other ideas for data collection for your project, click on each of the following options to learn more:
To further your understanding of evaluation of staff development, complete the following activity. Think about and write your response on a separate sheet of paper. Then click on expert opinion and compare your answer with the expert. There may be more than one correct answer.
Now review your
specific objectives for your design project.