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Library Data Users' Group Meeting: Outcome Evaluation in the Humanities and Public Library Survey Updates

Measuring the impact of informal learning events can be difficult and time consuming but many sectors are developing approaches that are relevant to libraries. Join us to hear how the humanities sector is tackling impact measurement and confronting many of the same obstacles facing libraries. Caitlin Patton Stanly from the NC Humanities Center will discuss approachable methods for gathering data beyond program attendance.  Learn how to assess the impact of your program by measuring how participants are engaging with the content and using it to improve their lives. 

Following Caitlin's presentation will be a group discussion on the status of the Public Library Survey including changes that are happening nationally and future goals for data collection. 

About the presenter: Caitlin is an expert in designing unique programs, program data analysis, and writing/assisting with grant proposals. She currently serves as a member of the Federation of State Humanities Council's national Data & Evaluation Committee.

About the group: The Library Data Users' Group is a colloborative peer learning cohort for library staff interested in evaluation.  Topics discussed include:

  • Making evaluation plans
  • Logic Model
  • Outcome-based evaluations
  • Evaluation methods including interviews, focus groups, and surveys
  • Using data for decision making
  • Finding and using data about your library or community
  • Data visualization and communicating data

This group meets twice in person and once virtually. To join or for more information contact Amanda Johnson.



Wednesday, June 19, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill Public Library
Registration has closed.

Event Organizer

Amanda Johnson