Webinars and Workshops from the OERC

Requesting a Class

For more information about these webinars and workshops, or to request a session, contact Cindy Olney .

Webinars (duration 1 hour unless otherwise noted)

Clever Evaluation - evaluation methods that are quick, resourceful, and useful. Strategies include using existing data, combining evaluation with other project activities, and enlisting the help of others in data collection.

Compelling Counts: Trends in Evaluation Data Reporting - highlighting trends in evaluation information use including what to report, designing your message, and making reports easier to read

Data BurgerA “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis - Many of us use questionnaires to learn about our stakeholders’ attitudes and knowledge.  Let’s picture this as a burger:  The data we collect is like the meat in the filling, and we wrap the data in a tasty bun (summaries, graphs, and charts) to present it.

Data Dashboards: Monitoring Progress toward Program Outcomes - presents several examples of data dashboards, focusing on how they can enhance decision-making for different types of users

Increasing response rate - Communication and distribution strategies for improving response rate to self-administered questionnaires

Item-writing - how to write different types of questions for questionnaires

Once Upon a Time: Using Evaluation Findings to Tell Your Project's Story - covers a five-step process for developing reports, then shows two different structures that can be used to organize narrative and content to be interesting and motivational to the reader or listener

Yes, You Can Write a Project Proposal: 10 Minutes about Writing Proposals - covers five criteria for a good proposal, gives suggestions for quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting data, provides examples for evaluating the quality of training programs, and reviews summaries of successful proposals.


Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy

Library users and stakeholders will recognize and value the importance of their library's services and of the librarian to the organization in this 6 hour workshop. Please visit the course website for more information along with freely available course slides and handouts.

Valuing Your Library

In this workshop, participants first learn how to define "value" by assessing the needs of the many different stakeholders in their environment (users, administrators, library staff, etc.). They then learn to map their programs and services against institutional goals using a logic model and develop an evaluation plan to investigate and document their libraries' contributions to the institutional mission. The workshop ends with a presentation about online library-value calculators, which participants can use for cost-benefit analysis and return-on-investment.

The Outreach Evaluation Series

The goal of the Outreach Evaluation Workshop Series is to develop the ability of those who conduct health information outreach projects to gather and use evaluation data for program improvement and decision-making. The four workshops in the series are:

  • Community Assessment (approved for 3 Medical Library Association contact hours)
    This class will help librarians and others involved in health information outreach to design quality programs and garner support for those programs by taking the right first step: collecting community and needs assessment information about the groups of people who will be involved. Topics for this workshop include:
    • Developing questions to guide community assessment
    • Using a variety of evaluation methods to build a thorough picture of the community
    • Finding existing data that can help identify community needs and resource
    • Identifying and interviewing members of the community who can provide important insight about a community's concerns and assets
    • Discussing methods that help elicit the opinions, attitudes, and behaviors of the larger community
  • Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs (approved for 3 Medical Library Association contact hours)
    This workshop will help librarians and anyone interested in health information outreach to focus on what they want to accomplish by designing outreach programs around intended results. Participants will learn to construct logic models to plan health information outreach projects, with project outcomes as the pivotal part of the plan. Topics for this workshop include:
    • How to create a logic model
    • How to write objectives that are closely related to the logic model
    • How to develop an evaluation plan for pre-program (e.g., audience analysis), process, and outcomes assessment
  • Answering the Right Questions: Data Collection for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)
    In this workshop, participants will learn to apply good principles of data collection to assure that data - both qualitative and quantitative - will be useful in making project decisions. Topics for this workshop include:
    • Using evaluation questions to focus data collection
    • Conducting short, to-the-point interviews to collect outcome data
    • Using a "contact sheet" to organize interview notes and communicate findings with other team members
    • Using participatory methods to get information from a large number of community members
    • Using standard "counts" (attendance rates; drop-out rates) as evaluation data
    • Designing and administering short questionnaires
  • Finding Information in Numbers and Words: Data Analysis for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)
    Participants will learn basic methods for compiling and analyzing qualitative and quantitative evaluation data to maximize their usefulness in project improvement and decision-making. Topics for this workshop include:
    • Analyzing qualitative data (e.g., developing and using codes, summarizing, interpreting)
    • Compiling and graphing descriptive statistics
    • Exploring the validity of evaluation findings