Arin Baynard, Evaluation Committee Chair
After a review of the 2014 FloridaACE Annual Conference evaluation survey, the majority of attendees who participated described the conference as “very good” and “excellent.” The following summary illustrates the survey results for the conference. The FloridaACE Board of Directors and Conference Committee members will review the feedback collected in order to effectively plan and further enrich conference events and programming.
The survey consisted of 15 questions where participants were given the opportunity to rate the overall conference, programming, and events, and provide feedback on what they found to be most and least useful/ effective. A rating scale of Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, and N/A was used, along with open-ended questions for comments and suggestions. According to the rating scale, the conference received a rating of 4.44 on a 5.0 scale, with 51.56% of respondents giving it a rating of “excellent”, 40.63% “very good”, and 7.81% “good”. The location, the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, received an overall “very good” rating (4.24 out of 5.0), while overall programming received a rating of 4.16.
For programming, the top rated breakout sessions were: Ready, Set, Grow: Providing Seniors the Tools for Success (4.53), Ready Room – Educating Students at the Career Fair (4.50), Ready, Set, Grow…YOUR Career (4.33), and Building Your Personal Brand: What Does it Mean and How Do You Do It? (4.33). The majority of respondents rated the Roundtable Sessions/Employer-Vendor Spotlight as “excellent”, with comments expressing the need for more time at the roundtables. The opening and closing keynote speakers were both rated as “very good” or “excellent”. Additionally, the pre-conference workshop presentations also received ratings of “very good” and “excellent”. However, the offering of CEU (Board of Certified Counselors) courses only influenced 6.25% of the respondents in their decision to attend the conference.
Special events, meals, and receptions with the highest rating were: Recognition Luncheon (4.19), Happy Hour (4.14), and the Snack Bar offered between sessions (4.00). Suggestions included offering a more robust menu at the Reception and more accessible viewing of entertainment during the Closing Banquet and Dinner Show.
In general, participants commented that the conference was “great,” and they enjoyed networking with their peers. Many thanks to those who participated in the survey and provided essential feedback to make next year’s conference a success. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!