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Project Evaluation Questions - Non-Livestock


May 26, 2022

The following list of questions can be used by youth judges to pull out life skills within 4-H non-livestock project experiences. Each area of the Iowa State University “Targeting Life skills” wheel are encompassed through Head, Hands, Heart & Health questions.


  • What goals did you have in this project area this year?
  • In what ways have you improved or grown in this project area since last year?
  • How do you make sure you have enough time to finish your projects during the year?
  • What is the most important thing you have learned in this project?
  • How did you plan out your project? How did it work out?
  • At any point did you have to re-think your project? What changes did you have to make?
  • How did you solve problems you faced?
  • If you discovered in the middle of your project that you do not have all the supplies you need, what would you do?


  • If someone asked you what young people learn in 4-H, what would your response be?
  • How would you respond if someone doesn’t see/get/understand the point in your work?
  • How did your leader or other members in your club help you with your project? How did you help other members?
  • How will you share what you learned with others?
  • How do you draw others into the group?
  • When you are communicating, how do you ensure you hear what others are saying?
  • Why is community service an important aspect in this 4-H project? 


  • How have you demonstrated leadership in this project area?
  • When working on a team, how do you ensure that everyone is contributing and successful?
  • What motivates you to do this project?
  • Describe the tools that you used to complete this project. When in your future might you use these tools again?
  • What careers stem from this project area?


  • When speaking to a group, how do you control your nervousness?
  • What options in this project could you use to improve health?

Helpful Hints for Evaluators

  • The judging experience is an evaluation of the youth’s development as well as the final project.
  • Youth may be nervous or anxious during evaluation; ask questions in a conversational way so that the youth can be at ease about the experience.
  • Use these questions to enter into and build conversation during the evaluation.
  • Always provide positive feedback.
  • Approach suggestions with delicacy and tact. This is a learning process.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Experiential Learning Model.
  • These questions can be used for non-livestock and livestock projects.


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