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Summer Field Program - August 7-12, 2006

Summary of Evaluations

(Excellent=A=4.0; Very Good=B=3.0; Average=C=2.0)

I. Technical Content of the Field Experience

a. Content 3.83

b. Range of topics 3.67

c. Pace 3.02

d. Opportunity to acquire detailed information 3.48

e. Opportunity for discussion w/ speakers 3.47

f. Opportunity for interaction w/ participants 3.82

II. Field Guide

a. Content 3.77

b. Length 3.78

c. Illustrations 3.19

d. Clarity 3.88

e. Reference value 3.68

III. Logistics

a. Organization 3.69

b. Lodging 3.54

c. Food 3.19

d. Transportation 3.75

IV. EMFI Staff

a. Helpful 4.05

b. Cooperative 4.07

c. Knowledgeable 4.00

V. Value of Field Experience

a. Professional Value 3.74

b. Educational Value 3.89

c. Enjoyable 3.92

VI. Overall Evaluation of the Field Program 3.78

Open-Ended Questions

1) In your opinion, what were the most significant strengths of the Program?

  • Diversity of participants & program variety; diversity of energy sites & issues; timeliness of topics.
  • Each topic addressed at an understandable and practical level.
  • Underground coal mine; drilling rig.
  • Hands on experience.
  • Small group allowed interaction.
  • Speaking with folks on the ground, seeing the work involved, & precautions taken.
  • Knowledgeable staff; interaction with staff.
  • Felt safe always.
  • John Rold and the rolling commentary; John Rold is a national treasure!
  • A picture is worth a thousand words, but a field trip experience can change perceptions for a lifetime.

2) In your opinion, what were the most significant weaknesses of the Program?

  • Too many PowerPoint® presentations.
  • Sites with nothing going on.
  • Lack of diversity of perspectives (more about environmental/community issues).
  • Some speakers were provocative and openly hostile, thus wasting their opportunity to make their point; need balance of demogogues.
  • Too much in one day [leading to schedule slippage] - but wouldn't have wanted to miss any sites, either!
  • Did not stick to schedule.
  • Lack of a facilitated issue discussion earlier in the week; lacked organized discussions among participants.
  • Would have preferred more senior level policy making staff in attendance.
  • Double rooms.

3) Any additional comments?

  • Overall, a fantastic trip - perhaps the most valuable work trip I have taken.
  • Appreciate the opportunity to meet some incredible people.
  • Where are DOE and DOD??
  • A "downtime afternoon" would be nice; more free time in the evenings.
  • Great week! Thanks for all your hard work.
  • I would recommend this to anyone & everyone! Great job.
  • Participation was excellent! It made the trip, allowed us to get to know each other, and form some good bonds/contacts. Thanks.
  • Start with a team-building exercise.
  • Thanks for making this happen! This really opened my eyes to many energy issues.
  • The different backgrounds of the participants offered me the chance to see their perspectives, and how we may be viewed, out here in "the West."