[Or-srp] Measuring the Success of Summer Reading Programs

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Apr 5 12:15:59 PDT 2016

I just watched this webinar and heard from a small, rural Oregon librarian who also watched it and told me they found it helpful. This webinar and Project Outcome<https://www.projectoutcome.org/> are free to public libraries-at least until 2017.

Make a Splash with Project Outcome: Measuring the Success of Summer Reading Programs!

*         Sign-up for a username and password<https://www.projectoutcome.org/users/sign_up>

*         Sign-in and watch the webinar<https://www.projectoutcome.org/surveys-resources/measuring-the-success-of-summer-reading>

*         Download the summer reading log examples<https://assets.adobe.com/link/394becc3-d380-4354-7693-4ba428026729?section=activity_public&page=2>

This webinar teaches you how to use the Project Outcome<https://www.projectoutcome.org/> tools (see email below) so you can more effectively...

*         Measure the outcomes of your summer reading program

*         Conduct a paper and/or online survey to get information and feedback from your patrons

*         Talk with patrons about filling out a survey

*         Use the results of your survey to identify ways to improve your summer reading program

*         Use the results of your survey to fill out the summer reading section of your Ready to Read grant report form-only if you use Ready to Read funds on summer reading

*         Use the results of your survey to justify the cost of your summer reading program or advocate for an increase in staff/money to improve your summer reading program

Be sure to watch/listen to a librarian talk about how their library used Project Outcome to measure outcomes for their summer reading program. Even though it's a large library example, they provide a lot of tips and takeaways that are useful for libraries of all sizes.

The question and answer period at the very end of the webinar covers some general summer reading topics, not just about evaluations. For example: what is your reading log like, what constitutes a finisher, and why are some library staff against reading logs.

Interested in trying Project Outcome? Talk with your library director about it-they have received a couple emails about it since November 2015.


Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528


From: Katie Anderson
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 3:30 PM
To: kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>; libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>; oyan at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:oyan at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>; pl-directors at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:pl-directors at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: Frustrated by outcome based evaluation? Project Outcome for public libraries is a no-cost resource that may help!

If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, then Project Outcome might be right for your public library!

*         Do you have anxiety about conducting a proper outcome based evaluation?

*         Does your public library need to do outcome based evaluation, but you don't have the time or resources to do it from scratch?

*         Are you struggling to find a good survey tool to gather information about your programs for outcome based evaluation reports?

*         Are you unsure how to effectively analyze and present the results of an outcome based evaluation?

*         Are you considering paying to subscribe to Impact Survey?

Project Outcome provides public libraries surveys, resources, training, and a supportive online community to conduct evaluations of their programs and services and use their results to confidently advocate for their library's future. Project Outcome is free for public libraries until at least 2017 (maybe longer!) and also gives public libraries free access to Impact Survey.

Learn more: https://www.projectoutcome.org/

Interested in trying Project Outcome? Talk with your library director about it. All public library directors should have received this email on 11/5/2015.

If you want more information about how Project Outcome aligns with what's going on in the Oregon public library community, read on! If not, skip the rest of this email.

Project Outcome evaluates four desired outcomes across seven types of library services and programs. The four outcomes evaluated are patrons' changes in 1) knowledge, 2) skills, 3) behavior, and 4) attitude as a result of using library services. The seven library service areas these four outcomes are evaluated in are:

*         Civic/community engagement

*         Digital inclusion

*         Early childhood literacy

*         Economic development

*         Education and lifelong learning

*         Job skills

*         Summer reading

As an Oregon public library, you might use Project Outcome to conduct outcome based evaluations associated with:

*         Edge Initiative (digital inclusion, education and lifelong learning, job skills)

*         Ready to Read grant (early childhood literacy, summer reading)

*         Statewide databases (education and lifelong learning, job skills)

*         Optional: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grants (Project Outcome service areas would vary depending on your LSTA grant)

Questions about using Project Outcome for statewide programs? Contact:

*         Darci Hanning, darci.hanning at state.or.us<mailto:darci.hanning at state.or.us> (Edge Initiative)

*         Katie Anderson, katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us> (Ready to Read)

*         Arlene Weible, arlene.weible at state.or.us<mailto:arlene.weible at state.or.us> (Statewide Database Licensing Program)

*         Ann Reed, ann.reed at state.or.us<mailto:ann.reed at state.or.us> (LSTA)


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