Evaluation is an important tool in continually improving the work of
the Sunday School. Often people think of evaluation in negative
terms--"What are we doing wrong?" Actually, it is equally
important to determine--and to celebrate--what is being done right. We
must be aware of our strengths as well as our weaknesses, and plan to take
advantage of the first and compensate for and develop the second.
Here we will collect various tools for evaluation. At this point the
only section is Surveys. More to be added...
The strength of a survey is that it simultaneously accomplishes several
- It provides the best information for evaluation of how people perceive
various aspects of your Sunday School
- It involves those surveyed in the decision and planning process, providing
them a sense of ownership, empowerment, and confidence that their leadership
is interested in their opinions and will act on them.
- It provides a built-in mode of publicity and promotion, helping to focus
attention on areas of concern to the leadership
- It helps to minimize the trauma that can often accompany change
Some general guidelines for surveys:
- Always conduct the survey anonymously, but allow the respondent to
identify himself if specific feedback is desired (for instance, if he
chooses to ask a question in the space provided for "Other
- Typically, you should plan to conduct a survey over a two-week
period. This will accommodate the significant group of people who
attend every other week.
- Always make the results of the survey available, but only after the survey
- Always communicate the impact that the results of the survey had on the
decision process, or changes which were implemented as a result of the
The following links lead to Adobe Acrobat .PDF files
which illustrate several types of survey forms I have used in recent years.