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Rely on second-hand opinion only when first-hand information is not available


Objective
After an international conference, the coordinator wants to know what participants learned from the conference workshops.


Very Poor
The conference coordinator decides to not evaluate participant experiences because the workshop has ended and cannot survey participants directly.
Poor
The conference coordinator decides to survey workshop presenters to ask questions around their learning objectives and participant comprehension of the material.
Better
The conference coordinator surveys conference participants, asking questions around learning objectives and participant comprehension of the material, to get an idea of how the conference went.


Note: In some cases, second-hand opinion may be part of your evaluation design; for example to measure whether program leaders are accurately assessing satisfaction of participants. It is a method to confirm first-hand data.