Qualitative evaluation is an assessment process that answers the question, "How well did we do?"
Here are some examples of qualitative evaluations in several areas of literacy:
Content, quality, and relevance of a program
- What was learned?
- Are the learners using their new knowledge? If so, how?
Attitudes and achievements of the learners
- What do the learners think about the classes, the teachers, and the materials?
- Do they think the literacy classes made a difference in their lives? If yes, what kind of difference?
Selection, training, attitude, and ability of teachers and other literacy personnel
- Did the teachers do a good job of communicating the new information?
- Did they respect and support the learners?
Quality of resources (including literacy materials)
- Do people in the community like the materials?
- Do they think the materials accurately portray the local culture?
- Do they think the materials are appropriate for each group of learners?
- Do the materials communicate information they want to learn?
Efficiency of strategies and activities
- Do people in the community think the literacy program is successful?
- Do they think the teachers and writers are trained properly?
- Which activities do they think are good? Which activities do they think are not good?
Costs in relation to what was achieved
- Do people in the community think the results of the literacy program are worth the cost and energy that were necessary to get the program started and to keep it going?