youth leader, youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, evaluation

Practicing Evaluation

By Doug Franklin December 27, 2012

As leaders we must consistently be doing evaluation. I ask myself, at least ten times a day, “is there a better way?”. I am sure many of you find yourself asking the same question. So how do we create a culture of evaluation and how do we teach our followers to evaluate? Simplify is the key. I use a system I call Target 3. In Target 3 I ask three simple questions: What are three things we are doing well?, what are three things we can improve on?, and what are three action steps we can take to get there? I use these questions all the time with my staff, in fact they know after every event we are going to sit down and do Target 3. This creates a culture and a common language we all use for evaluation. It also calms fears and gives people confidence that  what they say will be received with listening ears. Target 3 is also easy to learn and can be used by anyone making it easy for other staff to use with their followers.

Try Target 3, I think it will be easy to use and it will make evaluation simple.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More