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Climate Camp gathering evaluation forms
April 13, 2008, 7:15 pm
Filed under: implementation

The results are in. I just finished collating the evaluation forms from the gathering and here they are:

Evaluation Forms – National Climate Camp Gathering, April 5-6 2008 Glasgow

What did you enjoy most about this gathering?
1 party – yes!, the kids, food, meetings
2 Discussion and consensus decision-making very empowering, exciting to meet people who have been on direct action
3 the party!!, I sorted out what I am going to organise and now know what I’m going away and doing
4 Parties are fun. Dangerous, but fun. Both more and less parties. Less in number but more in volume.
5 Loadsa food, pretty chilled vibe, great party, good dancing
6 kids space time, starting to get my head around what we need to do to make the camp happen, working group meetings, food!
7 social networking
8 Saturday morning
9 Really nice welcome, good food, good kids space, mostly really good and friendly facilitation, really good social on Saturday night
10 The party on Saturday – top venue and music, the lovely organised facilitation team
11 Welcoming, spacious, fun, we accomplished stuff, kids were well looked after
12 the beautiful venue
13 site handover and working group time
14 nice venue, amazing food, stuck to time limits more or less, brilliant music at the party
15 company, party the venue, space, warmth, excellent food
16 Excellent venue, good agenda plan, good bar and party
17 Consensus, meeting people, seeing Glasgow, party

What did you enjoy least?
1 the bus
2 feeling tired!
3 the afternoon of DOOM and never ending meetings (Sat.) – have mercy!
4 Floors are rubbish beds.
5 Got tired out
6 missing my train on the way here, Saturday afternoon discussion of mass action group
7 Saturday afternoon was a complete waste of air. Lots of aimless talking. Poorly facilitated/managed – need a facilitation group. Lack of quiet sleep space – music till 3am.
8 Finance in the big group never a good idea.
9 I would get rid of this box
10 The meetings were long and not diverse models. We should not plan meetings to run past 5.30m – only go past 6pm if essential. It’s too much for people.
11 frustration of long tiring discussions, lack of cake!
12 no outside area connected to the space
13 venue – lack of daylight/break out space
14 hearing the same people speak in meetings and repeating thigns over and over, group contract was not stuck to!
15 Unfortunate process – clarification failures
17 A few more open space sessions rather than open discussions as some of them allowed people to get over critical.

For each of the following statements please mark which is the most appropriate description:

I understood the issues being discussed.
– strongly agree: 12
– agree: 4
– disagree: 1
– strongly disagree:

I felt able to contribute.
– strongly agree: 8
– agree: 8
– disagree: 1
– strongly disagree:

The facilitators did a good job.
– strongly agree: 10

– agree: 6
– disagree: 1
– strongly disagree:

What could we have done better?
1 welcoming, in a broader sense, to newcomers (ie: where we are, how we work, name round, etc)
3 quicker decisions = less repetition of points
4 A display on the wall of agenda for reference (maybe you had one, must didn’t see it)
5 Some lovely Zapatista coffee and salt and pepper!
6 Working group meetings could have been scheduled better (ie: which were meeting after lunch, which before, which parallel, etc)
7 It is not fair on hosts to have to manage facilitation! More beer at the bar!
8 Small side group for ALL finance questions.
9 Perhaps 2am curfew on noise (dj), less stairs (tehehe)
10 We could have planned to stop at 5.30pm. We could have broken out more.
11 More cake and get Westons Cider!
14 Even though I knew it would be loud and partying on Saturday night – would have been better if music could have been a little lower after say 2am? Just because the wall was so thin. Being an organiser meant that I had to sleep here but am now knackered from 2 sleepless nights.
15 Facilitators (emphasis on WE)

Any other comments?
1 We don’t want to lose the enthusiasm we’ve worked so hard to attract
3 Good venue
5 Get evaluation forms done before everyone is walking out the door
6 Really great – thanks so much!
7 Event was clearly put on by hard working committed people who did a great job. Facilitation was a problem that the camp gatherings need to deal with.
8 Most excellent!
9 Thank you for a really lovely gathering
10 We thought there was a trip for Monday, but we don’t seem to be going now. Scotland did really really well to take such good care of us. Thanks!
14 Facilitators’ job made harder because only provided with info 15 minutes beforehand. Good work me and you! We should do this again sometime!
16 Thank you!

Feedback from 17 out of 80 isn’t ideal, but about par for the course. Most comments are in line with how I felt things went. For example, there were problems with facilitation on Saturday afternoon, but this was mainly due to not receiving proposals in advance and the stress of having to organise and logistics and all the facilitation.

It turns out we know how to throw a good party but not when to turn the volume down!


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