Frequently Asked Questions
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A selection of questions and answers related to evaluating road safety education, training and publicity (ETP) interventions, and related to evaluation generally.
Q: Who is responsible for E-valu-it?
Answer: The project has been led by a team from the Department for Transport (DfT) and RoSPA in collaboration with Local Authority practitioners.
Q: What are the aims of E-valu-it?
Answer: To increase and improve the measures of effectiveness of road safety education, training and publicity (ETP) by 2012 and to improve the efficient use of road safety ETP resources.
Q: What’s the principle of E-valu-it?
Answer: Users are asked a series of questions about their intervention, the issue(s) it's meant to address, its aims and objects and a few other details. E-valu-it will then provide recommendations for carrying out an evaluation of the intervention, plus a template for recording the data collected during the evaluation, which then becomes the Final Evaluation Report once it is completed.
Once an Evaluation Report has been completed, users will have the option of publishing it on the website to share their experiences and findings with colleagues in the UK, and around the world.
Q: Who can access my project?
Answer: Within the E-valu-it Toolkit you can change Access permissions for your project changing who can access your project. You simply add the email address of the person you wish to invite. You can specify whether the person can just Read your project or Read and Edit it. For further information see Tutorial No. 4 - Creating and Managing Your E-valu-it Projects.
Q: If I give someone access to one of my projects in E-valu-it, does that mean they can make changes to it?
Answer: Not necessarily. When you give someone access to one of your projects you can choose to give them ‘read-only’ access, in which case they cannot make changes to it, or you can give them ‘read and write’ access, which means they can make changes to it. If you wish, you can give someone ‘read-only’ access to one project, but ‘read and write’ access to another. If you change your mind about the level of access you have given to someone, you can change it to ‘read-only’ or to ‘read and write’ or cancel their access completely, at any time.
To give some access to a project, to change their level of access, or to cancel their access, log-in to your E-valu-it account and go to Project Settings for the project concerned, and click on ‘Edit Project Access'. For further information on how to give or change access to your projects see Tutorial No. 4 - Creating and Managing Your E-valu-it Projects.
Q: Why does E-valu-it ask for ‘permission to contact’ me?
Answer: E-valu-it asks if you wish to allow RoSPA Road Safety staff permission to contact you about your project for two main reasons. Firstly, to help us monitor and evaluate how E-valu-it is being used and whether any improvements are needed. Secondly, if a project has been inactive for a long time, we might contact you to ask if there is anything we can do to help with that particular project.
You do not need to give permission to contact you if you prefer not. You can also choose to give ‘permission to contact’ for some projects, but not for others. You give or refuse ‘permission to contact’ when you create a project, but if you change your mind at a later date you can give or withdraw that permission at any time. For further information on how to give or refuse permission to contact you and how to change your permission if you wish, see Tutorial No. 4 - Creating and Managing Your E-valu-it Projects.
Q: Can E-valu-it analyse data for me?
No. E-valu-it only makes recommendations on suitable evaluation designs and methods you could use. These recommendations are based on your answers to the E-valu-it questions about your intervention. It is then up to you or your team to conduct the evaluation, collect the data, and analyse the results. As you conduct your evaluation, and collect and analyse your results you can enter them into the Evaluation Report Template that you created in E-valu-it and, using the structure provided in the Template, complete your evaluation report. Your report will then be ready to share with others.
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