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Evaluation Projects
#11
Project: Hennepin County Library would like to evaluate its Teen Tech Squad program, a program in which we hire teens ages 16-18 and equip them to research, design, and implement STEAM-based workshops for library youth.
 
Question: What changes for the subgroup of teen employees who do not yet identify with their potential for leadership or who do not see many options available to them in terms of their career or education trajectory?
 
Why: We need to accurately and effectively communicate the impact of the program with county leadership and program funders, and we need to focus the program structure and resources to support youth in developing 21st Century skills.
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#12
Project Description: 

This is a web analytics project that will provide the data needed to improve the KLOW and/or Policy websites maintained by NEKLS. The project will consist of installing Google Analytics in both sites and then, after a baseline has been established, use the testing features of Analytics to see how to improve traffic to the site(s).
 
Question/Problem Statement:

The problem is that resources are put into creating and maintaining these sites and the use of them *seems* low. I’d like to figure out what the actual use is and, if it is low, how to make the sites usable and attractive to their target audiences (our library directors).
 
Statement of Why:

The library system needs to understand how it’s resources are (or are not) being used. With this information in hand, they can decide to put more resources into making the sites more attractive to their audiences or they can choose to stop putting resources into those sites and remove them in favor of sites that provide more use for the organization.
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#13
Project Description:
 
Forsyth County Public Library is planning to launch a bookmobile in 2020 to serve areas of the county where transportation and/or other factors limit people’s ability to visit library branches.

Question/Problem Statement:
 
Who are the people we need to serve and how do we identify them?

Statement of Why:
 
We need to have a clear understanding of the needs of the community in order to tailor our mobile routes/stops, collection, resources and programs to meet those needs.
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#14
Project Description:
 
Orienting and Developing New Library Directors: LVA ‘s LDN Division is responsible for orienting and training new library directors on topics outside the purview of their local jurisdiction, especially as relates to state and federal grant programs, consulting services and professional development. In order to ascertain the current efficacy level of our orientations; future development of a phased and comprehensive program; and stakeholder satisfaction, LDND would like to evaluate current status, needs, and opportunities.
 
Question/Problem Statement:
What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?
The question that needs to be answered is: how does LDND best orient new library directors so that they have the information and support needed in a timely manner.
 
Statement of Why:
Why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?
The library division will be able to better prepare library directors for their new leadership position; minimize errors; and strengthen the capacity of the public libraries they serve.
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#15
Hi All,

This project is for the State Library of Iowa

Project Description: Evaluation of newly implemented accreditation program update. The changes were made starting July 1, 2016, and the first round of applications were submitted by February 28, 2018. 

Question/Problem Statement: Does the current accreditation program encourage excellent library service to Iowans?

Statement of Why: Our current strategic plan contains a project requiring us to “Administer an accreditation program that encourages excellent service to Iowans, as defined by In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards. The main purpose of this evaluation is to ensure that it is providing the stated service. If not, we will need to make improvements to the current program. Ultimately we will report the results of the evaluation to IMLS as part of our strategic planning process.

We have gathered some data from respondents but are at a stage were I'm not sure what to do next.
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#16
This project is for the State Library of Michigan
Project Description:
Evaluation of the effectiveness, usefulness, and likelihood of future applications of lessons learned from the Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference.

Question:
Did our small and rural libraries benefit from attending the sessions of the Small and Rural Libraries Conference?

Statement of Why:
-enhance services to a high-need population

-tailor future RLC meetings
-determine future content/speakers
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#17
Project Description
The MLD Kindergarten All Stars program is a successful new program to prepare kids for entering Kindergarten. We’re interested in expanding the program but want to include a strong evaluation component to help us understand the impact of the resources allocating to the program and justify requesting additional resources (or grants) to expand it.

Question/Problem Statement:
What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?
Is this program effective in preparing kids for Kindergarten? Our focus has been on the kids participating, but we don’t presently have a broader program evaluation, only an in-class pre-test and post-test. Does this program increase the kids’ knowledge/skills and how can we test that without access to the private school IRI (state reading) test? Does this program have any impact at all on parents? Does the program affect any change in behavior at home in the adults helping the kids with enriching activities?

Statement of Why:
Why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?
A recent United Way Community Assessment found that 62% of children in Ada County are not enrolled in Preschool and only 67% of children enter kindergarten ready to read. Couple this with no state funded preschool and only half day Kindergarten, there is a demonstrated need in Meridian for access to early literacy programming and early education. By reducing barriers to accessing the information families need to prepare their kids and supporting adults to develop those skills at home, Meridian Library can help fill part of that gap.
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#18
Project description: We need to complete a community needs assessment. We are still working on a strategic plan update, and the library has been through a lot of personnel changes.

Question: We want to be able to determine which programs or services, based on some broad service responses we identified in our strategic planning, will have the greatest impact in the community.

Why: The library has long looked inwards towards what we needed in terms of facilities, staffing, etc., but this information will enable us to determine some more-specific goals and objectives to better implement our strategic plan. We want to move our planning from broad service objectives to more measureable goals and objectives. We want to create sustainable services and programs that meet community needs, and hopeful increase the "footprint" of the library in our community.
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#19
Project Description:

Determine whether the Español collection at PPLD is meeting the needs/wants of the Spanish speaking patrons.

Just over 7% of the population of El Paso County, Colorado speaks Spanish in the home (45,526 people).  (https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/...acts.xhtml)  The turnover rate for the adult materials in the Español collection is much lower than the turnover rate for the general adult materials. The juvenile Spanish language materials have higher use than the adult materials, but that use is still much lower than the turnover rate for the general juvenile collection. 


Question Statement:

Are we missing the boat in terms of the contents of the Español collection and are there other factors that contribute to the lack of usage (lack of experience with the library, fear of the library if seen as a govt institution by non-citizens, etc)?

Why Statement:

Gaining information to answer this question will help the Pikes Peak Library District focus resources on a collection that appeals to Spanish speakers in the community, as well as highlighting messaging that will help reach users of this collection.  This aligns with one of the PPLD Strategic Plan outcomes:  PPLD collections and services will be responsive to community needs and relevant to residents’ lives.
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#20
Project Description: Kinchafoonee Regional Library wants to evaluate library usage, specifically among children and teens, and explore ways to increase usage in the midst of declining population. 
Questions/Problem Statement: How do we increase library usage?
Statement of Why? The library needs this solution so that we can figure out how to increase library usage so that we can better meet the needs of the children and teens in our community, helping them to become lifelong learners.
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