Collecting Evaluation Data: Direct Obervation

This paper from the Learning Store, provides an in depth guide to using direct observation as a means to collect evaluation information.


  • Introduction
  • When observation is useful
  • Do people need to know that they are being observed?
  • What to observe
  • Program components to observe
  • Looking for or looking at: Structured and unstructured observations
  • Recording your observations
  • Preparing yourself
  • Who are the observers
  • Training observers
  • References
  • Appendix: Observation guides - examples


Taylor-Powell, E., & Steele, S. University of Wisconsin - Extension, (1996). Collecting evaluation data: Direct obervation. Retrieved from website:

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