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Measuring NN/LM MCR Impact in the Region

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NLM and NN/LM MCR Goals

The National Library of Medicine sets forth three goals for all regions.
  • Develop collaborations among Network members and other organizations to improve access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the nation
  • Develop, promote, and improve electronic access to health information by Network members, health professionals, and organizations providing health information to the public
  • Promote awareness of, access to, and use of biomedical information resources for health professionals and the public, with a particular emphasis on contributing to the Healthy People 2010 goal of eliminating health disparities
The NN/LM MCR established a fourth goal that reflects its commitment to understanding the impact of programs and services in the Region:
  • Develop tools and conduct evaluation activities to understand how the products and services of the NN/LM and NLM contribute to improved access to health information by health professionals, community organizations, network members and the public

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Evaluating Regional Impact

A reporting system was developed to gather information about Liaisons' work in the Region. This system (ARS) is used to collect data on activities related to the Logic Model. Region staff review progress quarterly to ensure that work is on track and to catch any unanticipated needs and opportunities that may arise. Adjustments can be made to planned activities to eusure that Liaisons are aware of and actively working for the best interests of Network members and the NN/LM program.

Member Input

The Region also solicits input through questionnaires and focus groups from Network members and others whom we reach with our programs . Reports of the results of the full membership questionnaires and focus groups with members and public librarians are posted on the site in the Member Input section.

Site Visit

Once in each five year contract each region in the NN/LM is evaluated through a site visit. Resource Libraries, members and interested librarians are invited and encouraged to provide input and feedback to the site visit team. The report of the November 19, 2008 site visit is available in NN/LM Site Visit 2008 section.

Contact Betsy Kelly, Assessment and Evaluation Liaison, with questions or comments about the program or for assistance in designing evaluation criteria for outreach projects and activities.