DIMACS Workshop Organizer's Guide: Evaluation
Workshop organizers are obligated to assist in three forms of
- Evaluate the scientific accomplishments of the
About a month after the workshop, send an email
report discussing the goals, if and how they were met, particularly
strong results or papers, collaborations that were started, and other
scientific benefits. This should be emailed to the Workshop
Coordinator. These reports are used in preparing reports to our
funding agencies and they are an important part to documenting that we
are fulfilling our mission. Please make an effort to produce an
in-depth report concerning the scientific accomplishmnets of your
- Evaluate the workshop processes and support.
Please send an email to the Center
Administrator (or the Director of DIMACS if you
would prefer) with your comments concerning staff performance, on-site
facilities, catering, and any other facets of the workshop
organization experience. Of course we'd like to hear compliments, but
we also need to hear complaints and suggestions for
improvement. Please keep in mind that if we are not aware we have a
problem we can't fix it.
- Ask participants to fill out their evaluation forms.
At the start of sessions remind people to fill them out and turn them
in before leaving. We say things like: The NSF and other
agencies really want to see these results. Tell them filling it out
it is a small price to pay for the generous federal support we
now get and want to get in coming years to support more of these
The NSF and other agencies really do want to
see these evaluations so they
can evaluate what they are spending the money on. And they need to
see that we are setting goals, evaluating our programs, and
using that to change programs to better achieve goals.
And without that, there really will be no funding to continue
Workshop Organizer's Guide
Contacting the Center
Document last modified on January 15, 2008.