Treverbyn community evaluation

Data collection methods

The methods chosen for collecting data from Teverbyn Together activity participants, cafe visitors and community members were selected following discussion with Teverbyn Together taking in to account the different ways in which people used the Hall (eg casual occasional visits to the cafe, regular attendance at a class, or participation in a planned event). Consideration was also given to the opportunities available for gathering data for example post activity, on completion of a course, as a part of attending a planned event.
The methods used will be regularly reviewed throughout the project but for the first year the following methods were selected:

  1. Self completion questionnaires using an adapted nationally recognised scale (Warwick Edinburgh Scale of Mental Wellbeing). Two forms were developed, a shorter form suitable for use in a wider context gathering people’s response to an event activity or casual visit and a longer version which asked more detailed questions about people’s health and well being. Both forms were designed to be welcoming and engaging and included Widgit symbols to assist those with lower levels of literacy.
  1. Simple collection methods at a community event, such as using pebbles in buckets with fixed questions and using luggage tags to invite contributions to an open question “What does the Hall mean to you?”
  1. More detailed qualitative data collection through focus groups.

treverbyn questionnaire

Inclusive approaches to evaluation

Sensory Trust promotes an inclusive and engaging approach to monitoring and evaluation. Our clear, inclusive design techniques and creative approaches ensure methodologies are accessible and enjoyable to all, as well as ensuring the collection procedures are as easy and appealing as possible. This includes, for example, using Widgit symbols and stickers for those who find reading and writing difficult or are cautious about surveys and forms, including people with learning difficulties, older people with dementia and families with younger children.

What does treverbyn hall mean to you feedback

Treverbyn Hall is located in a rural setting in the centre of Cornwall and has become the heart of the community. Find out more about Treverbyn Hall >>

Our Clay Futures project worked with communities in mid Cornwall including Treverbyn to actively engage the community in decisions about their future

Links

Community capacity building - our work with local community groups

Creative Spaces evaluation -Measuring the benefits of the outdoors for people living with dementia

Community engagement guidance (pdf 299k) - How to involve local people in development decisions ensuring that the eventual designs are appropriate, enjoyable, well used, and cared for by the community

Sensory engagement - projects, ideas and examples of how to connect with nature through the senses