I love this activity where students posted ideas for how they’d use what they learned at three time points in the future. I’m always on the look out for activities like this that can double count as a learning/reflection activity AND as a potential evaluation data collection moment. What other creative data collection methods have you seen or used like this?
I think these methods have the potential to address at least two issues: 1) setting time aside for a survey or interview is hard for program providers and participants alike, and 2) participants often don’t get to see what others said or how what their experience fits into the broader picture.
Because I usually work in educational settings, opportunities like the one above are often already present in the learning activities planning by educators and program providers. We don’t always capture them as data-- and then we add a separate survey to get the same information. So I’m trying to improve my practice of looking for and creating opportunities to embed data collection directly into something they’re already doing and/or making these social or reflection opportunities as well.