Evaluation Foundation

The new Evaluation Foundation Course is designed to assist Road Safety professionals in understanding the principles of evaluation and to equip them with the fundamental skills and confidence to undertake their own evaluations.

Why should you attend the course?

Demonstrating the effectiveness of road safety interventions is essential to securing future budgets and guaranteeing the continuation of projects. Managers, the public and other road safety professionals all seek to see evidence that funds are being invested in campaigns that work and there are calls for evaluation results from all quarters.

Whilst it is appropriate in some circumstances to employ external agencies to carry out evaluation on your behalf, there are many times when it can be carried out in-house for low cost. Classroom sessions and a range of activities will equip delegates with the knowledge and confidence to start designing and implementing evaluations on their local road safety campaigns.

Frequently Asked Quesions

1What are the main topics of the course?
The course includes a comprehensive agenda designed to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to evaluate their own interventions.
Topics include:
• Why evaluate?
• The evaluation process
• Using data as a foundation
• Understanding aims and objectives
• E-valu-it
• Evaluation Design
• What to Measure
• Research Methods
• Logic Models
• Best Practice
• Sample Sizes
• Before and After Studies
• Question Writing
• Planning & Piloting an Evaluation
• Focus Groups
2How long does the course take?
The training course is two-day long.
3Is the course accredited?
Yes.
Affiliation with the Academy ensures that RSA’s courses meet a recognised standard and are accredited accordingly.
4Are there any prerequisites required?
No.
5Is there any assessment at the end of the course?
Yes.
The assessment consists in an evaluation plan for a real road safety intervention which includes:
• A basic summary of what the intervention seeks to achieve and why
• What the aims and objectives of the intervention are
• A logic model explaining how the intervention will achieve its aims and objectives
• What the chosen evaluation design is
• What the research method will be
The assessment can be achieved through a written case study (of not more than 1,500 words) or a PowerPoint presentation and comprehensive supporting notes.

Evaluation Process

The training course equips attendees with the knowledge and the tools required to fully understand and assess the process of an evaluation and it's place in any intervention design.

Evaluation Design

By the end of the training course, attendees are able to design appropriate evaluations for their own interventions. The learning process is based on enriching knowledge as much as on developing practical skills and is done in an interactive and creative manner.

Research Methods

Attendees learn about different research methods, about their characteristics and about how each of them fits better to a specific area of investigation or research.

Best Practice

The whole course is interactive and uses a lot of examples from best practice, which allows attendees to connect with the discussed notions and to better understand the theory.

The variety of listening, activities and discussion. The content was excellent and I will be able to apply this in my role

Attendee feedback

Feel I have been up-skilled from the course to introduce evaluation more effectively in our future campaigns

Attendee feedback

RSGB Academy

This course is run in conjunction with the RSGB Academy, the professional development arm of Road Safety GB. Courses are either hosted on behalf of the Academy and are open to all members or can be booked privately for an organisation. Affiliation with the Academy ensures that RSA’s courses meet a recognised standard and are accredited accordingly

Tutor

Tanya Fosdick

Head of Research

01295 731813


Evaluating your interventions is easier than you think, as long as you have defined objectives!
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