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Evaluating Your Food Safety Training

Evaluation of any training program is critical.  Good evaluation can provide both the instructor and the participant with feedback regarding the effectiveness of the training.  

Five Steps to Conduct a Program Evaluation

Planning. Review the intended goal and objectives of the program to be evaluated. Identify the activities designed to achieve the goals and objectives. Based on this review, ask questions, such as Can the program be evaluated? What data is needed? How do I collect the data? How do I use the data?

Collecting Data. Determine what sources of data are needed to conduct the evaluation.

Data Analysis. Data must be analyzed and summarized so that findings can be presented in a persuasive, credible manner. Accurate and unbiased interpretation of findings is the key to a successful evaluation.

Comparing to Program Goal and Objectives. The program objectives must be clearly stated before the evaluation begins. For example, a program objective is that 80% of participants pass a food safety certification exam after completing 16-hours of food safety training. The objectives must also be measurable and obtainable.

Determining Value. Evaluation essentially involves value judgment. Judgment is reached when the data that is collected is compared against the program objectives. Findings are usually documented in the form of an evaluation report that is shared with the stakeholders in various formats -- written report, videotape, or formal presentation.

Evaluation tools have been developed for the following programs: