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The Abacus of Evaluation

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The Abacus of Evaluation allows to realize the final evaluation in a funny and engaging way: the participants are asked to create the abacus spheres by leaving their finger print for each activity on the column corresponding to each activity implemented.

Aims of the tool

- evaluate all the project activities in a funny way
- actively involve all the participants
- allow to everybody to express their level of satisfaction in an anonimous and non-verbal way
- create an immage that exactly reflects the group evaluation of the activities.

Description of the tool

Draw the structure of an abacus in a large coloured sheet of paper: an horizontal line where to write, one by one, all the activities carried out during the exchange; from each activity a vertical line start.
Write a legend with four colours, each of them corresponds to a different level of satisfaction (es. white = excellent; red = good; blue = average; black = below average).
The participats should have at their disposal some fingercolours for each level of satisfaction.
Stick the sheet on the wall and put near it the fingers colours tubes.
Each participant should create the balls af the abacus by leaving his finger print for each activity on the column corresponding to each activity implemented during the exchange.
At the end of the activity, you will have a complete abacus full of coloured spheres!


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Tool overview

The Abacus of Evaluation

This tool addresses


It is recommended for use in:

Action 1.1 (Youth Exchanges)
Action 1.2 (Youth Initiatives)

Materials needed:

- a large coloured sheet of paper
- a felt-tip marker
- fingercolurs with 4 different hues


20 min

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Associazione Uniamoci Onlus

in the context of

All Different - All Equal (Youth Exchange)

The tool has been experimented in

Youth Exchange

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Davide Di Pasquale (on 11 June 2013)

and last modified

5 June 2013

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