Objectives of the evaluation
The mid-term evaluation allows volunteers to assess their experience so far and to reflect on the activities, role and support of the Receiving Organisation and on their own contribution. The mid-term evaluation is essential for risk prevention and crisis management and it thus facilitates conflict resolution — if necessary!
In addition, volunteers share experiences and increase their motivation.
The evaluation provides the opportunity to learn from everybody’s ‘EVS story’ and enables the volunteers to plan developments and/or further improvements in their service and to think about what they will do in the
longer term, once their period of service is over. The evaluation should also raise awareness of the personal learning process, linking it to the key competences of the Youthpass.
Overall, the mid-term evaluation should offer a relaxed and informal atmosphere so the volunteers feel comfortable sharing experiences and saying whatever is important for them.
Framework of the evaluation
Conditions and training practices will vary, but the following indicators outline the most appropriate operational framework for mid-term evaluations:
- Duration: 3.5 working days
The event is designed as a meeting between volunteers.
In principle it takes place long enough after their arrival for the volunteers to have gained enough experience to review their situation, but also sufficiently long before the end of the service period so that there is still time to improve the
situation if necessary.
The mid-term evaluation is only for volunteers doing a service of at least six months or more.
Expected achievements of the evaluation
By the end of the evaluation, each volunteer should have:
- personally assessed the project so far and reflected on the scope of his/her activities;
- shared personal experiences (learning new skills and competences, being part of community life, living within a different culture, using the language);
- identified problems, difficulties, conflicts faced or about to be faced and consequently received satisfying support and clues on the ‘next steps’ to solve these problems;
- worked on developing / improving the activities he/she is involved in;
- received information and guidance on opportunities he/she could be involved in after the period of service;
- understood how to draft the Youthpass;
- received information about the Final Report to be produced.