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Participatory Approaches for Learning More About Your Data

There are many ways you can gather data about your library and library programs, both qualitative and quantitative. To ensure that your data is valid, understandable, and likely to be used in decision making it is important to include stakeholders in your data collection and analysis process. Your library’s stakeholders can be involved in data collection and analysis from initial decisions about what you want to learn about your library to collecting, analyzing, and even reporting the data. In this highly interactive workshop, attendees will participate in and discuss different techniques for involving stakeholders in the evaluation cycle. This is an in-person workshop.

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  • Describe participatory and collaborative methods for collecting data
  • Conduct participatory evaluation techniques for different times in the data collection cycle
  • Select the most appropriate participatory method to use for different types of data collection.
Course Materials: 
Class Length: 
4 hours
Course Developer(s):
Karen J. Vargas, MS Library Science, Evaluation Specialist
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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