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What is a Meeting Evaluation?

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In small Meetings (up to 50 people at least) it is often wise to evaluate how things went (the Meeting process, that is, not the content). A simple format: on top of a large sheet of newsprint or a blackboard put a plus sign on the left side, a minus sign in the middle, and an arrow pointing ahead on the right side. Under the plus sign list positive comments, things that people felt good about. Under the minus sign, list things that could have been done better, that did not come off so well. Under the arrow, list specific suggestions for how things could have been improved.

Don't get into arguments about whether something was in fact helpful or not; people have a right to their feelings. It is not necessary to end with a positive comment. Meetings almost invariably get better after people get used to evaluating how they function together.

 

Source: Building Social Change Communities by: The Training/ Action Affinity Group of Movement for a New Society 

Contributors: Berit Lakey, The Training/ Action Affinity Group of Movement for a New Society 

Recommended Reading: Building Social Change Communities