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Making Literacy-Innovation Connections - EVALUATING the Program

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EVALUATING THE PROGRAM: Libraries place a high importance on being able to evaluate the effectiveness and reach of their programming effort and share with stakeholders. Under "Notes" below, you can access several articles and guides that will help you consider the ways in which you can determine if your program has impact from a learning as well as a motivational perspective. For more information on preparing, marketing, and running the Literacy-Innovation Connections program at your library, use the link above to visit the project's overview page.
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K-3, literacy, story, innovation, public libraries, rural libraries, literacy-innovation connections
Grades 3-5, Grades PreK-2
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The articles and guides below will be helpful as you design your evaluation plan and decide what data collection methods will be most useful.

The first article is brief and a good place to start. The second one is a more detailed guide for developing an outcome-based evaluation plan. The guide was developed as part of a larger initiative supported by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The third article may be especially helpful if you find the need to pivot your programming to virtual delivery.

  1. Hoag, Erin (2019, July 10). Tips for Reflecting On and Evaluating Your Library Programs. Demco Ideas & Inspiration. https://ideas.demco.com/blog/library-program-evaluation-tips/

  2. Goldman, K. H. (2021). Evaluation Guide for Public Libraries. HG & CO. https://www.urbanlibraries.org/files/KHG-Evaluation-Guide.pdf

  3. Hermann, J. (2021, March 29). Evaluating Your Virtual Programs. Programming Librarian. https://programminglibrarian.org/articles/evaluating-your-virtual-programs

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