Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment Committee – April–August 2020 Report

The group met 2-3 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Project Outcome (PO) case study subcommittee reviewed the PO UX survey findings and brainstormed possible case study topics based on these findings, interviewed library staff for the purposes of developing a new case study, and drafted the case study.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership

Second Activity
Technology Survey subcommittee reviewed survey draft and made recommendations for changes based on the pandemic.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership

Third Activity
Typology subcommittee met to provide feedback on the typologies, with an eye toward helping PLA communicate the typologies in an accessible manner to practitioners.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership

Fourth Activity
Raising Awareness subcommittee created a webpage format for sharing existing public library data resources with the field, committee members are adding resources.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Publishing new PO case study
Identifying a rural/small library to be the subject of a PO case study
Reviewing and providing feedback on the new data tool that will replace the PLDS
Finalizing the Raising Awareness resource and posting it online
Determining a strategy for sharing the typologies with the field
Providing input on the next round of the Public Libraries' Response to COVID survey
Developing and testing a new PO survey about the use of technology in libraries
Determining how PO resources can be updated to support libraries during the pandemic

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
Not at this time

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
None other than those mentioned above in the planned work for the next 6 months

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
No – thank you for your support!

Submitted by Linda Hofschire on 09/02/2020