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Australia Council Support for International Arts Activity

Meaningful MeasurementHow do we articulate the value of public libraries in a contemporary context?

SWITCH Conference 2015

Jackie Bailey, Principal BYP Grouphttp://bypgroup.com (c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comExercise:

Jot down words or doodle pictures in answer to the following question:

When I think about evaluation and libraries, I feel.

What is evaluation?What, if anything, has changed because of us?

Who would miss us if we were gone?

Why would they they miss us?

What value do we create for society, which no one else can (or at least, not as efficiently as we do)?

(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.com3Why evaluate?(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comThe unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates4Stages of evaluation(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.com5What do I evaluate?(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comWho is this evaluation for?

How will this evaluation be used?

What do I need to know?

What is a nice to have, and what is a must have?

What can actually be measured, given my time and resource constraints?

For example6What are impacts and how (on earth) do I measure them?(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comWarning: these impacts are off the top of my head and should just be read as an example!Library Users7What are impacts and how (on earth) do I measure them?(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comWarning: these impacts are off the top of my head and should just be read as an example!Community members8What are impacts and how (on earth) do I measure them?(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comWarning: these impacts are off the top of my head and should just be read as an example!Society, economy and culture9What are impacts and how (on earth) do I measure them?(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comWarning: these impacts are off the top of my head and should just be read as an example!You and the art of librarianism10Possible methods(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.com11How some organisations use their evaluationsPenrith City CouncilBooklet & DVDAwards Australian National Disability Award for Excellence in Social Participation; Arts and Health Award Arts Centre Melbourne:Published report and summary report (flipbook)Online video for donorsMCAFunding reportsPeer to peer learning

Improve, Communicate, Advocate

(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.com(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comExercise:

Jot down words or doodle pictures in answer to the following question:

Now, when I think about evaluation and libraries, I feel.

(c) BYP Group 2015 http://bypgroup.comWhat, if anything, changed?

DiscussionJackie Bailey, PrincipalBYP Group

http://bypgroup.comM: 0428 576 372E: [email protected]