Framing your evaluation question
The first step to conducting a DIY evaluation is to identify the question which you are going to investigate as clearly as possible. Without a well-framed evaluation question, good research is impossible. A number of types of question are possible. For example:
A simple question might be whether a particular intervention boosts attainment or not (for example, does having a mentor boost performance in GCSE English?). Alternatively, you could investigate whether a particular form of an intervention works better than another (is weekly mentoring more effective than monthly mentoring?).
Once you have found an approach which you believe may work in your school, a good way to frame the question you wish to answer is to fill out the blanks in the following sentence 10 times:
I would really like to know if _____________________ (intervention) would have an impact on _________________ (outcome) in our school.
- CHOICE: choice to be evaluated;
- OUTCOME: outcome that will be measured;
- CONTEXT: people to be measured and context.