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How to Evaluate Your Peer Support Circle

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The term "evaluation" sometimes sounds a bit threatening to people, like they are afraid of being judged. However, the process of evaluating something is what often generates the most insights and learning about what they are doing. It also generates recommendations to make things even better.

Each meeting is evaluated near the end (according to the meeting Agenda in the Quick Reference tool) when each member shares a rating of the quality of that meeting.

The overall quality of the Circle meetings, so far, can be done by using the Peer Support Circle Basic Evaluation Questionnaire after the third and sixth meetings. Ideally, someone outside of the Circle would gather the results and analyze them. That often produces the most honest responses from the Circle members because they know other members won't be seeing their opinions of the Circles.

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