Effective evaluations

Effective feedback and evaluation are contingent on a number of components [1]. They:

  •  are based on observation of the student’s performance.
  •  adhere to the guidelines and intent of the educational program.
  •  provide a fair and balanced picture of the student’s skill level and achievement (they avoid Halo Effect, Mum Effect, Leniency Bias/Error, and Contrast Error).[2]
  • summarize the feedback that has been delivered up to the time of evaluation (no surprises).
  • are an interactive process, taking place during an ample amount of scheduled time, in a quiet and private environment.

[1] The Mountain Area Health Education Centre (MAHEC), Department of Continuing Medical Education. Evaluation – making it work: An Educational Monograph for Community-Based Teachers. 1-24. Available online: https://portal.utpa.edu/portal/page/portal/utpa_main/daa_home/hshs_home/pasp_home/pasp_preceptors/preceptors_files/Evaluation.pdf
[2] Sources: Wikipedia, Google and BusinessDictionary.com