Evaluation : A Self-Study

This module was revised in 2016 to incorporate social-emotional learning, character building, Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California, and specific language, examples and tips for summer and year-round learning programs.

During this training, participants will practice an analysis of program elements and look at other self-study strategies. These tools will help programs to meet the Continuous Quality Improvement standard for Expanded Learning Programs in California.

In this training participants will:

  • Apply the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) strategy to conduct program evaluation.Identify other self-study processes to evaluate program.
  • Identify other self-study processes to evaluate programs.

Content Overview: 

What Did You See?

Participants find a partner and observe their appearance.  Each partner makes 5 changes, ranging from obvious to subtle, and then each partner identifies the changes the partner made. This gives participants practice with a simple observation exercise.


This is a guided activity focusing on Behavior Guidance and looking at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities for strengthening, and threats to the strengthening of this topic.

SWOT Of Interest

Opportunity for the participants to work in groups and select a topic to go through the SWOT process as a group.

The Self-Study Process

Various tools for self-study are identified and strategies for organizing a self-study are reviewed. 

Discussion of Selecting a Self-Study Process

Programs are invited to talk about the self-study strategies that they have heard about and determine which of these they would utilize to review their program.  They will also look at how they would implement strategy and possible challenges.

Training Length: 2 hours