Evaluation and research are essential for CISV to ensure the quality of our programmes, educational content and methods. Evaluation also allows us to improve and develop and to show how well we’re working to other organizations and our supporters.
Educational evaluation is a quality assurance process, which allows us to ‘see how well we are doing what we aim to do’. For CISV’s educational programmes, this means finding out how successful we are in making our purpose – to educate and inspire action towards a more just and peaceful world – a reality for all our participants.
We view educational evaluation as a two part process:
1. Monitoring: The collection of evidence during an educational programme or training
2. Evaluation: Putting the evidence together to look for trends, patterns and results, so that informed judgements can be made.
CISV programmes follow a goals-based approach to programme planning and evaluation. Educational goals reflect the key attitudes, skills and knowledge that participants should develop, and our programmes and activities are designed to achieve these goals.
Educational evaluation helps us to identify good practice as well as weaknesses of our educational programmes and trainings. In this way, evaluation is at the heart of our effort to continuously improve the quality of our programmes and trainings.
CISV is constantly developing its suite of evaluation tools to monitor, evaluate and improve the quality of all our educational programmes and trainings.
The Programme Director’s Planning and Evaluation Form (PDPEF) is our comprehensive programme evaluation tool. It is an online form that covers administration, education, practical arrangements and other aspects.
The PDPEF is for use by people with programme responsibility such as Programme Directors, staff, leaders, and National Interchange Coordinators.
Programme-specific PDPEF Packages can be accessed here; they include all of the explanations and forms you need to evaluate a CISV programme:Village
For an overview of accessing and using the PDPEF, read the PDPEF Help Notes. For commonly asked questions, see the PDPEF Frequently Asked Questions.
The Regional Training Forum Evaluation form is a general evaluation tool for Regional Training Forums (RTFs). It is not specific to individual training goals and indicators.
Our evaluation team produce annual PDPEF evaluation reports, which give a yearly picture of how well our programmes are reaching their goals. Read our programme-specific evaluation reports here.
The form will default to the US date format: mm/dd/yyyy (month, day, year). You can choose to, but do not have to, change your personal language and region settings (including date format), using these help notes. This change will only affect your personal view, but not the view of other staff/LICS/NICs who can access the PDPEF.
Please note, most other CISV forms continue to request dates in the date format dd/mm/yyyy (day, month, year).
Educational evaluation helps CISV to monitor the educational quality of our programmes, and to continuously improve them. The educational performance of every programme is evaluated using the Programme Director's Planning and Evaluation Form.
The gathered data for the completed programme years since 2010 can be found in CISV Programme Educational Evaluation Results.
For the annual Trainer Notes (based, in part, on the analysis of the educational evaluation results), see Training Materials.