Outcome Measurement for Eurekans
Date: Monday, March 3, 2014
Time: 12 Noon Pacific
Webinar Presenter: Cindy Mediavilla
What exactly are outcomes and how does one use them to both plan and evaluate library services? Retired Texas State Library director Peggy Rudd has admonished that "librarians must be able to demonstrate the difference [library] programs make by measuring the impact they have on the people they serve." "Outcome measurement," she insists, "has the potential to be a powerful tool to help us substantiate the claims we know to be true about the impact of libraries in our institutions and in our society" Yet, despite universal acknowledgement that outcomes are now a de facto method for measuring the effectiveness of libraries, very few librarians know how to use outcomes as a basis for planning and evaluating service.
Most funders, including the California State Library, require applicants to describe the anticipated results of their proposed grant projects. Outcomes set targets that, if used properly, guide how new services are designed and implemented. They also specify anticipated user benefits and inform how the new services should be evaluated.
By the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will learn:
- What outcomes are and why they are now required on so many grant applications
- How to use outcomes to plan and evaluate effective library programs and services
- How to construct viable grant proposal outcome statements