Guidance to CPD Activity Standard 4
Evaluation informs quality improvement of the CPD activity.
Why is this important
An evaluation strategy is an approach to the collection and analysis of data about an activity to see if it is meeting its intended outcomes and to identify opportunities for improvement. QI is an approach to the analysis of data with the purpose of improving the activity. Data can also assist in identifying areas for the development of future activities.
An evaluation strategy should be part of the planning process. The strategy should consider collection of data from a variety of perspectives (for example, participants, facilitators or developers) and how the data collected will be shared with all those involved in the activity.
Evaluation methods may include collecting responses to questionnaires, individual or focus group interviews or other data such as results of assessments. The results of evaluation may be shared with the developers of an activity, or facilitators or presenters involved in the delivery. They may also be shared with the RACGP.
Where high-stakes assessment is involved, evaluation is essential to determine whether the activity is meeting its aims and assessments are suitable for the purpose.
There are mandatory questions required by the RACGP in evaluating a CPD activity. These will need to be part of the evaluation in addition to any questions the provider wishes to include.
The QI cycle involves reviewing and reflecting on data collected, identifying opportunities for improvement, followed by implementation of any changes. Evaluation and QI are a continuous cycle of review and change.