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Welcome! This is the home for all things related to evaluation at Public Lab. Many different feedback efforts are ongoing in different sectors and we try to coordinate our efforts to minimize survey fatigue or redundancy. @liz leads the evaluation team! Ask questions below to find out more.
See recent work related to evaluation here, or click on the boards below to see progress on:
1) our Snapshot Evaluation and Evaluation Framework (May 2015-May 2018) generously supported by the Rita Allen Foundation
2) "pulse" feedback collected at in-person events with the Listen For Good 5 questions plus 6 of our own custom questions
3) year-round ongoing evaluation processes
All evaluation is tracked against our Logic Model, and terms in Logic Model are defined in our Community Glossary.
Our Annual Community Survey is delivered over email lists and posted on the website. 2017_Public_Lab_Community_Survey_.pdf
We also survey segments of our community who are having shared experiences:
A series of stakeholder interviews was done in 2017! You can read them here:
Statistics on community activity are publicly displayed at http://publiclab.org/stats. Experiment with customizing your own queries of publiclab.org activity by adjusting the DD-MM-YYYY in the URL, for example → https://publiclab.org/stats/range/31-01-2016/31-12-2016/ !
Research into pathways through Public Lab's ecosystem is located at https://publiclab.org/first-contact.
The ever-growing Data Dictionary describes the datasets that are available for analysis. Created by @bsugar, maintained by @bsugar and @liz.
Conversational dynamics on mailing lists:
Rhythms of community activity on publiclab.org:
See the User Interface page for more on design work towards user interface and user interaction improvements. This is an area where many people are offering feedback!
Ask a question or help answer future questions on this topic
From 2014 via @liz: brainstorming possible community metrics
From 2011 via @warren, interesting! Read on:
On this page we are in the process of summarizing and formulating our approach towards self-evaluation; as a community with strong principles, where we engage in open participation and advocacy in our partner communities, this process is not that of a typical researcher/participant nature. Rather, we seek to formulate an evaluative approach that takes into account:
Good evaluative approaches could enable us to:
We're going to use a few different approaches in performing (self-)evaluation -- each has pros and cons, but we will attempt to meet the above goals in structuring them.
The logbook is an idea for a Lulu.com printed book to bring on field mapping missions for balloon mapping.
Although this strategy can be reductive, compared to interviews, videos, etc, its standard approach yields data which we can graph, analyze and publish for public use. The results will be published here periodically. Any member of our community may use them for fundraising, outreach, or for example to print & carry to the beach to improve mapping technique.
Read more at the Logbook page.
A mini version of this questionnaire was used by Jen Hudon as part of her Grassroots Newark project and can be found here:
The community blog represents a way for members of our community to ... critical as well as positive...
To contribute to the community blog, visit the Community Blog page
We're beginning a series of journalistic/narrative interviews with residents of the communities we work with. Read more at the interviews page.
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