Trusted, Evidence-based Methods

The use of evidence-based assessment methods from the social sciences ensures accurate results.

The trusted methods we use for assessing educational effectiveness are evidence-based, diverse, and tailored to you needs and the unique aspects of your education or training. Taken from the social sciences and research in adult learning, our methods range from measurement of changes in knowledge, confidence, and competence to performance and outcomes in practice. Rigorous statistics are applied to identify changes in learners.

A sampling of our methods includes:

  • Educational needs assessment using knowledge, competence, and performance gap analysis tools
  • Pre/post assessments using:
    1. Knowledge statement agreement scale questions
    2. Multiple-choice knowledge questions
    3. Short case vignettes with multiple choice questions
    4. Confidence rating scale questions
    5. Current and planned frequency or use rating scale questions
  • Follow-up surveys to collect self-reported performance change, barriers to performance change, and self-reported observations of positive outcomes resulting from performance change

Using a consultative approach, Metrics for Learning recommends and reviews assessment question types that can be optimally integrated into your instructional design and format, and that are matched to the nature and desired results of your educational content. The practical aspects of when and where to ask assessment questions, to optimize data quality and quantity, is also covered in planning discussions.

For more information on the most appropriate methods for assessing your education or training, please call for a free preliminary consultation.