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EvalBasics 3: Data Collection for Program Evaluation

Note: At this time, the NEO instructors not offering any in-person training. We are leaving the materials up for others to use and teach.

Good data collection tools follow three key principles. They aim to decrease perceived risk, increase perceived benefit, and decrease cost to respondents.  This workshop shows you how to apply these principles in developing questionnaires and interviews. You also will learn that clear evaluation questions are the foundation of evaluation method design.  They lay the groundwork for creating tools that collect the information you can use to develop, conduct, assess, and demonstrate the value of your projects. The teaching format combines lecture with interactive group exercises. This is an in-person workshop.

Supplemental Materials: NEO Booklet series.

Objectives: 
  • Write quality items for questionnaires
  • Distribute questionnaires to maximize response rate
  • Develop interview question guides
  • Conduct interviews that will elicit useful information
  • Mix qualitative and quantitative methods in program evaluation
Class Length: 
4 hours
Course Developer(s):
Cynthia Olney, PhD, Assistant Director
Instructor(s):
Cynthia Olney, PhD, Assistant Director
Karen J. Vargas, MS Library Science, Evaluation Specialist
Continuing Education:

This workshop has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 4 contact hours of Continuing Education credit.

Content last updated: July 2017

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