A few months ago we started gathering data on the user experience (UX) of the BetterEvaluation website. We developed user personas to describe our primary audiences, sent out a UX survey, and we've recently finished a series of interviews and observation studies. We've learnt a huge amount about the BetterEvaluation community and the areas of the website that work well/can be improved, and today I'll be sharing a few key parts of our process and how you can stay involved as we move forward!
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We've now completed the first component of our user research - the user survey. Thank you for the helpful feedback from 50 different countries and from a wide range of users, including evaluators, people who sometimes do evaluation, evaluation managers and users, people involved in evaluation capacity strengthening, students, and others. (If you missed the chance, we're always pleased to get feedback through our contact form).
We've received a lot of useful feedback since launching our user experience survey. Alongside the positive, we've gained insight into some of the difficulties experienced when using and navigating the BetterEvaluation website.
Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey! All of this feedback has been incredibly helpful for us to understand what's working well and what needs improvement.
We're trialling a new format for member-contributed resources and we want you to try it out. This new format focuses on collecting more descriptive information from the contributor about how they used the resource and who they think would find it useful. Our goal is to build a collection of relevant1 & credible resources, with descriptions that enable people to quickly determine if the resource will be applicable to their needs.
This week is Evaluation Week in Mexico 2015, sponsored by Clear (Regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results), AMEXCID (Agencia Mexicana de Cooperatión Internacional Para el Desarrollo), Coneval, SHCP (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público), CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas A.C.).
Following up from Stephanie Evergreen's seminar on Presenting data effectively, we've been working with her to improve our Data visualisation section. We've added new charts, updated descriptions and examples, and linked to more resources to help you develop charts.
We've added 7 new charts to our data viz section:
We now have nearly 1,200 resources on the BetterEvaluation site – guides, tools, examples and overviews of different methods and processes for evaluation. They have come from user feedback, author recommendations and cool new material found on twitter.
This week we're highlighting non-English content areas, resources, and events. We recognise the importance of information in a range of languages which is why we are:
- Providing translations of English BetterEvaluation pages and other content
- Making non-English resources such as examples and guides more accessible on BetterEvaluation
- Translating material from other languages into English
Our non-English content areas can be accessed at the top of every page through the BetterEval:World link.
Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a series of workshops by Stephanie Evergreen on presenting data effectively. I've walked away with a wealth of knowledge on how to choose the most appropriate chart, which tool will create it, and how to improve the chart's design to more effectively communicate my message.
Conferences are a great way to connect and learn with the evaluation community. Earlier this year we shared a listing of conferences for which we received useful feedback from our users. This week we're highlighting a new page which lists upcoming evaluation conferences from around the world. Check out the new page here. Are we missing any? Let us know in the comments below. We'll be updating this page as new conferences emerge.