Once Upon a Time: Using Evaluation Findings to Tell Your Project’s Story

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
NN/LM Evaluation Office, UW Health Sciences Library
Health Sciences Libraries and Information Center
NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region Box 357155
Seattle WA , 98195-715
United States
Cynthia Olney is the primary contact.
Phone: 678-682-3864
Resource URL: http://nnlm.gov/training/onceuponatime
Region: All

Description: Once upon a time, there was an evaluation report that people actually read. Sound like a fairy tale? It doesn’t have to be. This presentation shows you how to create more audience-friendly reports and presentations. It covers a five-step process for developing reports, then presents two different structures that can be used to organize narrative and content to be interesting and motivational to the reader or listener. These structures can be adapted for written reports, presentations, and even elevator speeches. Don't let your data get in the way of a good story; use your data to enhance it instead.

Experience Level: Beginning
Continuing Education Experience: none
CE Contact Hours: 1
Professional Competencies: Leadership and Management, Research + Analysis and Interpretation
Subject: Assessment/Evaluation
Course Type: e-Learning, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: By the end of this session, participants will be able to • Follow a five=ste[ process for creating a compelling project report • Use a story-based report format for talking about their projects • Use a motivational format to advocate for a project or idea • Weave evaluation data into both structures.


30 minutes: How to identify content for a compelling report
30 minutes: Two narrative structures for reports  

Need for This Course: There is a strong movement within the evaluation discipline to improve usability of evaluation results. Training on reporting and communication of evaluation reports is a direct result of this effort. At evaluation conferences, sessions about better reporting are usually packed beyond capacity. For this webinar, the OERC staff has borrowed from presentations we have made on this topic, by request, to NN/LM audiences.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Slides, and Discussion.

Participant Materials: Powerpoint slides Resource list

Facility Requirements: This class is presented as an online webinar. It should work with any webmeeting software that allows both visual and audio participation.

Additional Evaluation: None

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