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OERC Evaluation Classes to be Held at HAM-TMC Library

Have you ever wondered why some of your community outreach programs aren’t successful? Would you like to be able to get additional information to plan more successful outreach programs? Would you like to learn techniques for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your programs so you can continuously improve them?

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region is hosting two free classes from the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/) on assessing the needs of your community and evaluating programs. The classes will be held in the street level conference room at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.

9:00 am to 12:00 noon – Community Assessment
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 (approved for 3 Medical Library Association contact hours). For more information: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/workshops/outreach_evaluation_series/index.html#A4

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs
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 (approved for 3 Medical Library Association contact hours). For more information: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/workshops/outreach_evaluation_series/index.html#A5

To register for these programs: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html

About the Outreach and Evaluation Resource Center (OERC): The OERC builds capacity for health information outreach evaluation in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). When evaluation is an integral part of an outreach project, participants can identify approaches that work well, learn from experiences, make mid-course corrections, and recognize accomplishments. Through evaluation, members of the NN/LM and staff of the Regional Medical Libraries can demonstrate to partners and stakeholders that efforts have made a difference. For more information about the OERC: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/

If you have any questions, feel free to call Karen Vargas, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, at 713-799-7880.

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