Comparing the effectiveness of webinars and in-person workshops

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When we launched online workshops in 2020, one of our goals was to ensure they offered the same high-quality and effective learning experience as an in-person workshop. To ensure we achieved this goal we looked at the effectiveness of an MH101® webinar compared to an in-person workshop.

Overall, feedback from people attending an in-person workshop and a webinar is similar.

In January-June 2021, 488 people attended a webinar and 332 attended an in-person workshop. After attending MH101® people participated in a survey. They gave both the webinar and in-person workshop an overall rating1 of 95 per cent or more. Similarly, ratings for both facilitation and usefulness of activities were very high for both, with only small differences between the types of programme delivery (see table).

  Webinar In-person workshop
Overall rating 95% 96%
Facilitation 97% 98%
Usefulness of the activities  92% 94%

People also rated their confidence on ten measures before and after the workshop or webinar. Overall, confidence2 across all these measures more than doubled following the webinar (2.2x increase) and the in-person workshops (2.3x increase). When the results are compared, only small differences (five per cent or less) in confidence are found. The results demonstrate both types of programme delivery are well-received and people attending have similar confidence rates.

Two of these confidence measures are shown below.

1 All ratings are combined ‘good’. ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’, measured on a 5-point Likert scale.
2 Confidence is combined ‘confident’ and ‘very confident’, measured on a 5-point Likert scale.

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