How would you know if it’s working?
Our design goal is to create a space that welcomes teachers and staff and allows them to relax, connect with others, and collaborate with one another. In order to test if the design works or not, we could do a post-test survey to compare with the pre-test we did before, and possibly an on-site observation, through which we would be able to see the dynamics in the learning space. The criteria for evaluating efficacy include:
1. time: do teachers and staff spend more time in the space after the intervention?
2. people: who comes to the space after the intervention? are more people making use of this space now?
3. activities: what kinds of activities do teachers and staff do in the space after the intervention? how many of them are newly established? does the space allow new and productive kinds of activity to take place?
4. satisfaction: how do teachers and staff feel about the space after the intervention? do they find the space welcoming? do they feel secure, relaxed, and satisfied? do they enjoy their experience in the space?
5. connections: does the space help teachers and staff to feel a sense of belonging and a community? are new relationships being encouraged and fostered?