Breakout: RIPL 101: The Evaluation Process, Part 1

14 Dec 2020
10:30 am - 11:45 am MT

Breakout: RIPL 101: The Evaluation Process, Part 1

Starts @ 9:30 am PT  |  10:30 am MT  |  11:30 am CT  |  12:30 pm ET

This session and its companion session – RIPL 101: The Evaluation Process, Part 2 (Tuesday at 1:00 ET/10:00 PT) are highly recommended if you are new to RIPL and beginning your journey with data and evaluation.

The evaluation process is the foundation for all other RIPL curriculum. This process contains 5 steps:

  • Identify the purpose of your evaluation
  • Plan your evaluation
  • Collect data
  • Analyze data
  • Use data – for management, strategic planning, and communicating library impact

In this session, we will cover the first 3 steps in this process. You will learn how to identify evaluation priorities when studying library programs and services and articulate these as evaluation questions, develop a plan for evaluation including what types of data to collect to answer your evaluation questions, and consider options for data collection methods such as surveys and interviews.

You will get the most out of this session if you come to the recorded lesson with an evaluation project in mind. What is an evaluation project? It’s simply a library program or service you want to evaluate. Here are some examples of past projects participants have brought to RIPL:

  • ESL tutoring
  • Patrons who have not had any circ activity for the past 3 years
  • Use of space by patrons
  • Digital literacy program series
  • Needs of local middle school students


Data 101
Evaluation planning