How to prepare an evaluation form

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How to prepare an evaluation form
The ideal evaluation form contains a mixture of five-point scales and short response questions. (legal form image by max blain from

Whether it's a lecture, a presentation, an event, or a job training session, feedback plays an important role in a debriefing after the task has been completed. An evaluation form is one way to get quick feedback from the audience in a form that can be examined easily to find any changes that need to be made for the next presentation. The best evaluation sheet is short, easy to read and fill out, and contains space for the audience to rank parts of the presentation as well as give individualised critiques.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Write a list of what you want the audience to comment on regarding the presentation. This may include how much audience members learnt, the abilities of the speaker, whether the audience would be interested to learn more about the topic, and what can be improved about the presentation.

  2. 2

    Create 10 statements regarding the brainstormed topics. Each should be read as a positive sentence, such as, "The presenter appeared professional and knowledgeable."

  3. 3

    Place next to each statement a 5-point scale with each number equally spaced to provide room for the audience to circle a number. Put a note at the top of the form regarding how these numbers will be seen, such as "5 means strongly agree, 1 is strongly disagree."

  4. 4

    Add several short-answer questions with enough space for the audience to write two or three sentences. Examples include: "What could have been improved about this presentation?" or "What part did you enjoy most about the presentation?"

  5. 5

    Provide lines for name, school or company, grade or job title, and any other required information that needs to be included on the form.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the evaluation under one page so that the audience members may fill it out quickly before leaving.
  • Do not ask for a name or affiliation if not required. People tend to critique less when their names are attached to their comments.

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