Checklist for Editing

Tips for Evaluating People’s Work

1. Find something positive to say about the work of others, even if you do not like what they have produced.

2.  Offer suggestions for how they might improve what they have produced.

3.  Remember that people are human beings and do not want to feel humiliated by your critique of their work.

4.  Be honest and polite in evaluating people’s work.

5.  Understand that people have invested their time, energy, and resources into what they have produced.

6.  Be specific and precise in the feedback you provide.

7.  Give encouragement to people about their work.

8.  Ask questions about the work when you do not understand aspects of it.

9.  Remember that evaluation is not about finding everything that is wrong with a work.  You want to make sure that you highlight things that are done well in a work.

10.  Explain your rationale for why you evaluate the work in the way you do.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison