Our evaluation plan will create a framework for our learning and understanding of what goes on during the partnership and how the partnership activities have affected students, teachers, coordinators, our schools and communities. Additionally, the process will allow us to gather valuable information to use for dissemination.
The evaluation process will focus on assessing progress at each of the six different phases of the partnership. This will help us avoid future problems, and highlight why things were successful and perhaps less successful. In the evaluation of each phase we intend to find out how and in what ways students and teachers think activities have contributed to the aim of the particular phase and to the overall aim of the partnership.
Additionally, coordinators and teachers will have to enter into a process of progressive self-evaluation and teacher-to-teacher evaluation. This process will make them focus on the strengths and benefits of the activities in the phases as well as the didactic weaknesses and limitations. This will reveal much about the partnership work, and help teachers decide what is needed to make the next phase and indeed the next partnership even better.
In our views, it is necessary that schools evaluate each other’s contributions to the partnership in the final evaluation. It is important that we study the perceived impact: how we evaluate the personal learning and professional development that took place during the partnership; how the partnership has affected the way we see our curricula; how we regard the concept of innovation, learning in preparation for future initiatives. In short, it is important for us to know whether our partners, both teacher and students have got what they expected from the partnership.
Moreover, we will make sure that our head teachers are actively involved in the partnership activities. One way of doing that is to involve them in the end-of-partnership evaluation process.
We intend to incorporate a broad range of constructive evaluation methods: from weekly Skype meetings between coordinators and teachers from each partnership country, questionnaires to students after the completion of each phase,online interviews, observation, class discussions after each phase. The responsibility will be divided between partner schools.