What’s Working? What Needs Changed?

How well is the thing you think is working actually working?

How do you know?

I use a meeting format in almost all of my gatherings with youth that ends with evaluation. I don’t always get to it (due to poor time management), but when I do there is usually something useful that gets shared. I usually ask two questions:

  1. What about what we did here today was useful for you?
  2. What about it would you change?

Yesterday during evaluation a student told me that she probably wouldn’t do the game next time. Surprising. Useful.

If we’re really curious about the effect our work is having on the people we’re doing it with, simply asking is a easy and surprisingly effective way of starting to find out.