Collecting Feedback

Collecting feedback and data from participants

Collecting feedback from participants is essential to evaluate the success of a Makeathon and to make improvements for future events. It helps to let students know in advance that you will be looking for feedback, and that they should pay attention to the things and the people that make the event special, as well as what they would like to see improved.

Here are some good ways to collect feedback from participants:

  1. Surveys: Use a survey tool, such as Google Forms, to create a questionnaire that participants can fill out after the Makeathon. Include questions about their overall experience, what they liked and didn't like, and suggestions for improvements. It can also be a good idea to ask them if anyone (especially a fellow student) stood out as deserving recognition for making their experience a good one.

  2. On-site questions: Ask questions of the participants at or toward the end of the event. You can do this in a very informal manner. Ask the students if they are enjoying themselves, what they have learned along the way and what they wish had been part of the experience. It’s good to get this when it is still fresh in their minds.

  3. Observation: Observe participants during the Makeathon to see how they interact with each other and the activities. This can provide valuable insights into how they are experiencing the event and can help identify areas for improvement.

  4. Social media: Monitor social media channels for feedback from participants, including comments, posts, and messages. Encourage participants to use a specific hashtag when posting about the Makeathon, so that it's easier to track feedback.

If you solicit feedback directly, make sure that you thank participants for their answers and take their suggestions into consideration when planning future Makeathons.

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