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FER Q & A. Answers to last minute questions you may have about writing Final Evaluation Reports (FER) for your 2007-2010 project. I have never written a FER – where can I find resources to help me?. TCEC website has: Materials from the regional trainings Recorded webinar

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FER Q & A

Answers to last minute questions you may have about writing Final Evaluation Reports (FER) for your 2007-2010 project


I have never written a FER – where can I find resources to help me?

TCEC website has:

  • Materials from the regional trainings

  • Recorded webinar

  • Sample evaluation reports

    http://tobaccoeval.ucdavis.edu

    530-752-9951

    [email protected]


What do I need to get started?

  • Your plan

  • Rating form in Tell Your Story

  • CX results

  • Evaluation write-ups

  • Progress reports

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Who is my audience?

  • Project staff

  • Stakeholders

  • Other TC projects

  • TCEC reviewers

  • Other end-users

    (policymakers, etc.)


What’s a good writing process?

Follow rating form sections

  • A word on “Evaluation Methods” section:

    • Intro paragraph: explain overall design

    • You may want to separate process and outcome evaluation

    • Describe sampling, data collection, and analysis for EACH evaluation activity


How do I report on multi-site evaluation?

  • Describe overall approach

  • Wherever approach and results differed by site (intervention and/or data collection activities), briefly describe those differences

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What should I do if an activity was in the plan but we didn’t do it?

  • Happens with intervention and evaluation activities

  • Address it, don’t ignore it

  • Explain situation

  • Discuss deliverables with PC

  • Mention any substitute deliverables


What if we did an additional evaluation activity that was not in the plan?

  • Report on what you can given your resources

  • Note that it is additional to the original plan

  • Explain reasons why not fully carried out/ analyzed


How do I report negative results?

  • Data that showed no or negative change

  • Objective not achieved

    • Same as positive results – objectively

    • Report the data

    • Provide possible explanations and make recommendations


What should I do if I lost some data?

  • Don’t guess or “try” to remember

  • Explain context and steps taken to remedy the situation

  • Mention under data collection instruments’ and procedures’ limitations

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Should I include contact information of people we interviewed or surveyed?

  • No, FERS are public documents!

  • Instead, use position/ role of individuals

  • OK to mention names of events, businesses, venues, organizations that adopt policies

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Can I write a combined report for all objectives?

  • No, each objective needs its own report

  • Each report is a deliverable

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Does the project director need to get involved in the FER writing?

  • Yes, collaboration between project directors and evaluators is imperative

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What is the difference between a brief and final evaluation report?

Brief reports:

  • Are not scored

  • Need less detail

    • Think “essential”

    • Think “to the point”

    • Think “most relevant”


Reports are due June 30!!!

If you still need advice, give us a call

530-752-9951


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