Trainers’ Evaluation (Gr. 11)
- Trainers’ Evaluation Group 11
1.1. Please explain how your workshop went
Spazio Donna, piazza Sturzo 44 Palermo
– Participants (number and profile)
Ten women from Borgo Vecchio, a disadvantaged neighborhood in Palermo city centre. Aged 25-30, these young women experience difficult situations in their families such as unemployment, poverty, early school leaving.
1.2. According to your experience, which are the strong points of the method that helped you in the workshop?
Creating a puppet is very appealing to young women because it is strictly connected to their childhood, so women got very involved in the workshops.
1.3. According to your experience, what can be changed in the method in order to make it better (which are the weak points)? What changes do you suggest?
Sometimes for this target group some exercises are too complicated and the cultural barriers are too high to be overcome, for example some evaluation methodologies or techniques are not suitable for people with low education and it is difficult to use them with disadvantaged groups, such as the “Theatre Group Game”. Most probably no one of the participants has never been to a theatre. We used the “Two Chair” technique which is more direct and easy to understand.
1.4. Additional comments
In general, CC methodologies are appealing to different target groups so they are quite adaptable to a target group of people with fewer opportunities. Nevertheless, women from disadvantaged areas may be very shy and, sometimes, they are very reluctant to talk and express themselves so it takes a while to “break” the barriers and to establish a relationship of trust and collaboration.
- Participants’ evaluation- please summarize the participants’ responses and if you have added more questions, please add their answer as well
2.1. How did they feel during the workshop and why?
Participants felt very well because they enjoyed the puppets making process and they established an atmosphere of playful collaboration and fun.
2.2. Which were the strong points of the workshop and why?
The strong point was the creation of puppets because it was funny and replicable at home as young women will try to replicate the puppets’ making with their kids.
2.3. Which were the weak points of the workshop and why?
Some activities are not suitable with the target group as they are too “intellectual” like the “Theatre Group Game” which is not suitable with people who are experiencing social exclusion and low levels of education.
2.4. Do they think the workshop needs any changes?
No, it was ok as far as facilitators use clear and simple techniques.
2.5. Do they think this workshop was useful for them?
The workshop was useful for them in their words because they learned new things (how to create a puppet) and they will use these new skills in their families for example and they create puppets again in the future with their kids.
2.6. Would they use the things they learned on the workshop?
Some said they will create puppets for their kids and family.
2.7. Which sessions did they like most?
The creation of puppets and customizing them.
2.8. Which were the sessions they didn’t like?
Some sessions were difficult to kick-start (like the “Two chairs”) but in general the participants enjoyed all the sessions.
2.9. Additional comments
In general, the CC methodology is fully applicable to this target group. Only some remarks on the most “intellectual” methodologies which are not suitable with the target group. It is important to establish an atmosphere of “trust” within the group and make participants feel comfortable when expressing their feelings and ideas.