Evaluations demonstrate the outcomes of an activity. This can serve many purposes: Many providers like to ensure that the attendees enjoyed the conference and collect data to assist in planning the next meeting. It is also the time to answer a few questions:
- What did the attendees learn?
- Were the targeted gaps closed?
- Was there something that we hope to do, but were unable to accomplish?
- Was this meeting a success?
ACCME Criteria 11: The provider [the Academy and its joint sponsors] analyzes changes in learners (competence, performance, or patient outcomes) achieved as a result of the overall program's activities/educational interventions.
As clarified by the ACCME, this does not mean that that every activity achieve a change in outcomes, but all activities must be evaluated in order to see if a change in competence, performance, or patient outcomes was made. What level an activity will be evaluated at will be determined by your Gap Analysis, and Learning Objectives.