Project X City University of Hong Kong Department of Applied Social Science

Project Evaluation

Objectives

To identify success factors which promote students’ whole person development from Project X activities. In particular, there are three objectives in terms of evaluation:

  1. To assess the degree of effectiveness of each Project X learning activity.
  2. To identify the association between students’ participation in different Project X activities and students’ changes in psycho-educational variables and their academic results across three years of study.

Methods

Mixed methods were employed in two stages of evaluation. At the initial stage, either cross-sectional satisfaction survey or reflection journals was used to assess students’ feedbacks on various Project X learning activities (See Table 1).

Table 1. First level of evaluation based on learning activities
 
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Workshops A A A A A
Learning Communities A A A A A
Training Camps A A A A A
Outward Bound Training B B      
Leadership Training Camp A A A    
SS Peer Network Scheme       A A
Career Preparation Training A A A A A
Student Advising       B B

Remarks: A indicates Questionnaire, B indicates Reflection Journal

The second stage of the evaluation composed of a longitudinal study to explore the impacts of project participation on students. A standardized questionnaire was specially designed measuring a set of psycho-educational variables including self-efficacy, leadership style, motivation, sense of belonging, and level of involvement towards Project X. Four-wave data collection was conducted, the first three waves were held at the beginning of every academic year. The last wave was held at the end of students’ third year of study immediately before their graduation.

Moreover, qualitative study in the form of focus group discussion was also held. The first round of focus group study was held at the beginning of the second year of study. The second round was held four months after the last year of study in order to follow up with the career development of the participants. A semi-structured discussion guideline was designed based on the project’s intended learning outcomes. Each focus group discussion lasted around sixty to ninety minutes. The sampling size ranged from six to eight students coming from social work, psychology and applied sociology.

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