We host many events on campus and provide evaluation forms at the conclusion of each of them.  Instead of doing elaborate questionnaires or asking about specifics using a Likert rating scale, we have found a more simple model to be more effective. 

We ask:

1.  What is a praise that you have about today’s visit?
2.  What is a wish that you have about today’s visit  (I wish you would have…)

Through those two simple questions, we garner a host of useful suggestions and have a good gauge of what visitors are enjoying as well as what needs to be tweaked.

I use the same questions to evaluate my staff retreats, workshops and just about any event I conduct.  Maybe the same two questions will engender some good feedback for you, too.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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