Using self-assessments to detect workshop success: Do they work?

Marcel D'Eon, Leslie Sadownik, Alexandra Harrison, Jill Nation

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An accepted gold standard for measuring change in participant behavior is third-party observation. This method is highly resource intensive, and many small-scale evaluations may not be in a position to use this approach. This study was designed to assess the validity and reliably of aggregated group self-assessments as one way to measure workshop effectiveness. In this study, participants completed a pre-, post-, and retrospective self-assessment on their perceived skill level in delivering feedback. Trained raters scored recorded role-play episodes. A statistically and practically significant difference in feedback skills was detected in both the self-assessments and observer ratings. The instruments used to assess participants' feedback skills had acceptable reliability. Those charged with workshop evaluation should have some confidence that aggregated self-assessments can be used to help determine workshop effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-98
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggregated self-assessments
  • Skill assessment
  • Workshop evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management


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