[kids-lib] Interested in easier outcome based evaluation? Consider Project Outcome!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Feb 3 12:02:56 PST 2016

ALA’s Public Library Association is offering a free webinar in which two libraries will talk about their experience using Project Outcome. They will talk about how they were able to use their results for short- and long-term programmatic changes. You will also learn how to closely analyze open-ended survey feedback to make the most of your data. This webinar is free, but registration<http://www.ala.org/pla/onlinelearning/webinars/projectoutcomeinfluence> is required and space is limited. Forgot what Project Outcome is? Read my original email about it below.

Questions about the webinar? Contact the Public Library Association at plawebinars at ala.org<mailto:plawebinars at ala.org> or 800-545-2433.

Questions about Project Outcome? Ask me (katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>) or Project Outcome staff via phone 312-280-5857 or this email form<https://www.projectoutcome.org/contacts/new>.


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Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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From: Katie Anderson
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 3:30 PM
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 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 (all ages!)

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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