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Telling Training’s Story: The Success Case Method

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Telling Training’s Story: The Success Case Method

“On the average, it is true that most training does not work very well. But some programs work very well with some of the people, and this represents their great potential for being leveraged for even greater results.” Robert O. Brinkerhoff, “Telling Training’s Story.”

Most evaluation methods for program training reduce data to averages: the average number of things learned by participants; the average number of techniques applied on the job; the average number of times a skill was used post-training. Unfortunately, this approach can underestimate the true value of training for the organizations investing in the programs.

In Telling Training’s Story, Brinkerhoff writes that, in reality, the majority of participants gain little from training programs.  They either use some information but get no results, or they simply give up after a few attempts. Sometimes poor instructional design is to blame. More often, low success is caused by contextual variables, such as lack of supervisory support, no opportunity to try out the learning, or program timing. In fact, good instructional design often cannot compensate for these environmental crosscurrents.

Yet, Brinkerhoff argues that most training programs can boast a few success cases. There are usually a handful of participants (sometimes more) who apply their new knowledge or skill to produce valuable results for their organizations.  Sometimes the value of their contributions justifies program cost. Or, if the percentage of success cases was boosted by just 10%, the investment would be worthwhile to the organization.

To truly evaluate a training program, you need to identify any positive outcomes that occur, even if they are traced to a small number of participants, and assess the value of those results. You also need to determine what instructional and contextual factors influence successful use of training information. Then, organizations can make informed decisions about continuing to invest in training.

Brinkerhoff’s Success Case Method (SCM) was designed for in-depth analysis of training programs and their outcomes. The method focuses on high and low success cases. High success cases refer to incidents where participants applied training program information and attained positive results for their organizations. Low success cases are situations in which participants demonstrated no application of the training information.

Investigation of the high-success cases identifies the best possible outcomes that occur when employees apply information gained from the training program. By adding low-success cases into the mix, the method also leads to a thorough understanding of key factors, both in training design and in the organizational context, that influence participants use of their new capabilities.

Brinkerhoff’s book Telling Training’s Story provides step-by-step guidance for conducting SCM studies. Steps include working with stakeholders to define success and value; developing a program impact model, using rigorous sampling methods; and testing rival hypotheses for your findings. By following these steps, you can present a case study with compelling evidence of your program’s value. If you find your program is ineffective, the process will illustrate the factors working against its success.

So, the next time you want to evaluate a training program, consider going beyond “average.”  Check out the Success Case Method.

Source: Brinkerhoff RO. Telling training’s story. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2006.

EFTS Tip of the Week

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

One of the goals of EFTS is to minimize the labor-intensive process of creating invoices/bills and cutting checks for both borrowing and lending institutions. It is recommended that regular, timely deposits be made to the system by check, credit card or wire transfer. For your convenience a blank invoice may be downloaded from the EFTS web site at: https://efts.uchc.edu/EftsPublic/forms.aspx

*Checks:

ALL checks must be made payable to: University of Connecticut Health Center DBA EFTS/Library
The institution’s LIBID must be clearly visible on the check to ensure that it is posted to the proper account.

*Credit cards:

VISA and/or MasterCard can be used to deposit funds to an EFTS account. Download and fill out the Credit Card Transaction Form, available under the Forms link https://efts.uchc.edu/Public/Forms.aspx and send to our secure fax at (860) 679-1305 OR attach the completed form then e-mail to: efts@uchc.edu
Once your form is on file, click the “Credit Card Deposit Request” link while logged in to submit your electronic request for a transaction to be executed on behalf of your library.  The actual Credit Card deposits are processed at 3pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

*Wire transfers:
Contact our office for details.

Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator
(866) 561-5045 toll free
(860) 679-4561 direct
(860) 679-1305 fax
sliwinski@uchc.edu
https://efts.uchc.edu

Disaster Planning: 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Presenter:           Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Details:                http://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=489

Date / Time:       Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10, 2014 / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)

Where:                Online

Summary:           Learn how high the risk level may be for your library. The goals of the class are to raise awareness of the need for emergency preparedness, response planning, and to provide tools for enhancing preparedness for librarians. You will learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for your library, how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and through the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure. This class will be divided into two one-and-a-half hour sessions. Participants who complete course requirements will earn 5 MLA CE credits.

Navigating Health Information for Academic Libraries

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Presenter:           Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Details:                http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=707

Date / Time:       July 14, 2014 / 10 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Online

Summary:           This class is for academic librarians to improve their awareness and learn more about how their faculty/students can research the health, chemical, and environmental literature; find consumer health information; and learn about mobile apps to find what they need.

Includes introductions to PubMed, MedlinePlus, PubChem, TOXNET, Genetics Home Reference, Drug Information Portal, ClinicalTrials.gov, as well as other free databases/services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

National Library of Medicine Planning Blog

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The U.S. National Library of Medicine will soon be initiating development of its next long-range plan and, in so doing, welcomes public feedback through its recently-launched “Voyaging to the Future” blog, located at: http://nlmvoyagingtothefuture.org/
Thank you for your feedback, and for sharing this information with interested colleagues and friends.

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD
greenbes@mail.nih.gov

MLA 2014: NLM Update PowerPoint Presentations

Friday, June 27th, 2014

PowerPoint presentations from the NLM Update at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Chicago, IL on May 20, 2014: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_mla_nlm_update.html

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Promoting Transparency in Library Discovery Services

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces thepublication of a new recommended practice, Open Discovery Initiative:Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014), which providesspecific guidelines on participation in the new generation of librarydiscovery services. The NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) began work in2011 to develop recommendations that would increase transparency across allaspects of indexed discovery services. The group’s final publicationincludes guidelines to content providers on disclosure of level ofparticipation, the minimum set of metadata elements provided for indexing,linking practices, and technical formats.

Recommendations for discoveryservice providers address content listings, linking practices, file formatsand methods of transfer to be supported, and usage statistics. The documentalso provides background information on the evolution of discovery anddelivery technology and a standard set of terminology and definitions forthis technology area.

“An increasing number of libraries, especially those that serve academic orresearch institutions, have invested in the new generation of discoveryservices that use an aggregated central index to enable searching across awide range of library related resources,” explains Marshall Breeding, anindependent library consultant and Co-chair of the ODI Working Group. “Theselibraries expect their entire collection, including licensed and purchasedelectronic content, to be made available within their discovery service ofchoice. But it is often not clear which resources are available and whichare indexed in full text, by citations only, or both. Libraries deserve aclear explanation of the degree of availability of the content they licensein their discovery service-and they need usage statistics to help assess theeffectiveness of their discovery tool.”

“Index-based discovery services involve a complex ecosystem of interrelatingissues and interests among content providers.”

NLM e-Clips (June 2014)

Friday, June 27th, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

AIDSinfo and infoSIDAWeb Sites Now Optimized for Display on Mobile Devices

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/aidsinfo_optimized.html

 

Clinical Advisory: Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Comparing Regimen Intensity in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (BMT CTN 0901)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/alerts/2014_nhlbi_bmt_ctn.html

 

Daily MEDLINE/PubMed Updates

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_daily_medline_pubmed_updates.html

 

MLA 2014: NLM Theater Presentations

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_mla_theater_presentations.html

 

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/associates_2014_2015.html

 

NLM Announces Biomedical Informatics Course, in Partnership with Georgia Regents University

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/biocourse.html

 

NLM Issues Request for Information in Preparation for 2016-2021 Contract Award of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nnlm_contract_2016_2021.html

 

NLM Mourns William G. Harless, PhD, Creator of the First Natural Language Computer Patient Simulation Model

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/william_harless_death.html

 

NLM VSAC Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Eligible Professional CQM Value Sets

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/cqm_value_sets.html

 

Terrence Sejnowski to Give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture, June 12, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/leiter_lecture_sejnowski.html

 

NLM DIRECTOR’S PODCASTS

 

Child Mental Health and Brain Development

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript061614.html

 

Chronic Kidney Disease Mystery in Central America

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript060214.html

 

Mammography Counseling Challenges

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript051914.html

 

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Spring 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript052714.html

 

NLM’s Past 30 Years and Future

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript062314.html

 

Treating Prescription Opioid Overdose

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript060914.html

 

NLM IN THE NEWS

 

Civil War exhibit on display at Gundersen [La Crosse, Wisconsin]

http://www.news8000.com/news/civil-war-traveling-exhibit-on-display-at-gundersen/26416912

 

Exhibit on Native health will open in Anchorage today

http://www.newsminer.com/features/health/exhibit-on-native-health-will-open-in-anchorage-today/article_f708ea04-efa5-11e3-b944-001a4bcf6878.html

 

Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin diagnosed with career-ending condition

http://tracking.si.com/2014/06/22/isaiah-austin-marfan-syndrome/

 

Greek Envoy Helps Plant ‘Hippocrates Tree’ at NIH

http://www.washdiplomat.com/PouchArticle/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=193

 

How popular is the STEM degree?

http://techpageone.dell.com/industries2/education/how-popular-is-the-stem-degree/

 

Magic comes to campus: Laupus Library [Greenville, NC] brings in Harry Potter exhibit

http://theeastcarolinian.com/?p=33661

 

Making drug information smart and open

http://developmentseed.org/blog/2014/05/23/pillbox-launches-on-github/

 

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

http://technews.tmcnet.com/news/2014/06/20/7886468.htm

 

National Library of Medicine: Past, Present, and Future

http://informaticsprofessor.blogspot.com/2014/06/national-library-of-medicine-past.html

 

“Native Voices” Exhibit in Anchorage, Available on iTunes

http://kdlg.org/post/native-voices-exhibit-anchorage-available-itunes

 

“Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition Visits Anchorage

http://www.scf.cc/newsletter/2014MayJunANN.pdf

 

Open digital signage journal gains users

http://opensource.com/life/14/6/open-digital-science-journal-gains-users

 

Traveling exhibition explores Native peoples’ concepts of health and illness

http://thearcticsounder.com/article/1424traveling_exhibition_explores_native_peoples

 

Visiting Exhibit Explores Link Between Traditional, Modern Medicine

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/visiting-exhibit-explores-link-between-traditional-modern-medicine/26428782

 

NEW IN NLM IN FOCUS

 

A Close Look at Openi

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/a-close-look-at-openil.html

 

NLM Honored at Medical Library Association Meeting: NLM Resource Updates Available Online

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/06/nlm-at-mla-14-medical-library.html

 

Regional Medical Libraries Making a Difference: Focus on MidContinental Region

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/regional-medical-libraries-mak-3.html

 

Training Future Leaders in Informatics Research

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/training-future-leaders-in-inf.html

 

NEW OR UPDATED MEDLINEPLUS TOPICS AND FEATURES

 

Agrandamiento de la próstata

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/enlargedprostatebph.html

 

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/enlargedprostatebph.html

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Date / Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Presenters:

Awardee: Joy Burt Conti, United Methodist Church Union, Pittsburgh, PA
Project: Health Education and Advocacy through Health Ministers
Awardee: Joey Nicholson, New York University School of Medicine, NYU Health Sciences Libraries
Project: Health Education and Literacy Project (HELP) Curriculum Enhancement
Awardee: Charles Wessel, Head of Research and Reference Initiatives; John LaDue, Knowledge Integration Librarian; Julia Jankovic Dahm, Technology Services Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Project: A Clinical Information Tool for Community Health Centers: A Demonstration and Evaluation Project

ClinicalTrials.gov (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Friday, June 20th, 2014

MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time: Thursday, July 10, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary: ClinicalTrials.gov was launched in 2000 by the National Library of Medicine.  In 2008, as a result of Section 801 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, ClinicalTrials.gov was expanded to include basic results reporting, including adverse effects.  Due to reporting bias, results reported in ClinicalTrials.gov may not be published anywhere else.  This presentation will provide an overview of this resource and how librarians can use the site to support clinicians, researchers and consumers.  The presentation will also briefly describe the various types and phases of clinical trials and the background and current status of trial registration and reporting.

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