Working with Observe
Overview of Observe features Observation outputs and reports
Customising the observation framework Comparison features and reports
Observation, recording observation detail and issues arising

Overview of Observe features

Observe is designed to provide an administration support tool to store and manage the data arising from observation programmes for any organisation, but particularly Colleges of Further Education, schools, work based learning providers and public sector organisations that provide support services to individuals. Observe saves considerable administration time, particularly in analysing this data.

It is designed to save observation grades and data for individuals so that progress over time can be demonstrated both on screen and through hard copy reports. In addition the files for individuals can be grouped together to produce a number of group reports. Observe provides extensive management information at the click of a mouse.

1. All organisations that undertake observation programmes have an observation framework that usually includes a number of observation indicators. The more advanced frameworks set out the criteria for several grades, usually four. Observe is totally flexible in that an observation framework can be customised to mirror the existing framework of an organisation.

2. Observe is designed to enable those undertaking observation to enter the results of their observations efficiently both in terms of grading and the details of the event. There is an option to view the grading of previous observations.

3. Observe can provides a hard copy observation report which also shows grade progress over time and a separate training needs report. It also provides a report which lists all observations carried out over a period, say the current academic year, compared to those possible and then provides a report for staff that have been observed by department.

4. A major feature of Observe is the comparison feature which enables the files of individuals to be grouped together in a range of ways by department, position, teaching level, observer etc. so that comparison reports can be compiled to compare the grades of the individuals in the selected group and to show the % grades for the group. It can also produce reports to show statistics by academic year, the event characteristics relative to absenteeism and demand for specific training modules. The feature can also show the issues arising for groups of staff .

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In addition to this mini website there are 3 types of Help in the program, which can be accessed as shown below, to explain features in detail.

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There is a User Guide in .pdf format which is accessed by clicking Read on opening the program or by clicking Help>User Guide on the main menu bar. There are Quick Tutorials in Power Point 'show' format. These are accessed immediately after the initial 'splash' screen and describe in detail the functionality of the screens relevant to specific areas of work . There are traditional Help files which are located at 'Help> Contents' on the main menu bar. Go to Help Index for a list of all the Help files,

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