Evaluation: The Missing Link
It is often easy to get caught up in planning your programs and forget all about evaluation! As you start planning your year-round tobacco prevention and control events, take time to research the many different evaluation tools that are available to your team. Evaluation is a great way to gauge the success of your program, show your administration how hard you are working and provide documentation and reasons for requesting extra funding. A few things to consider are:
- Develop a system to count the number of participants, the number of items you give away (like quit kits), the overall success of the program, etc.
- Create an evaluation form to hand out to all participants and provide a prize for those who return it to you. Click here to download a sample Program Evaluation form.
- Create an evaluation form for any guest speakers you have visit so that you know what your audience thought of the program.
- Ask your team or group to fill out an evaluation form to score the success of the planning process.
- Learn if your campus is conducting any student health surveys that may ask questions about tobacco use. Include this data in your programs and in your evaluation reports.
Also keep in mind the need to validate your peer education program as a whole. Especially in difficult financial times, campuses want to know what works. This article from The Peer Educator™ can help you build your case.
Submit your tobacco control program and it may be included in the next collegiate Great American Smokeout Manual, The Peer Educator™, or on this website!