Notes on Library Evaluation for Grant Writers and Others Infopeople Webinar

March 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm 2 comments

I attended a webinar on the evaluation part of grant-writing today because although I don’t have the authority to apply for grants in my day job as a paraprofessional, I hope to apply for many over the course of my career as a librarian. And what better way to get grants accepted and funded than to know what the review board is thinking?

Library Evaluation for Grant Writers and Others Webinar

Presenter: Jennifer Sweeney

March 1, 2011

  • Include project evaluation when planning your project
  • Making sure it’s an integral part rather than an afterthought will make sure it gets done
  • Formative: takes place during the course of project
    • Progress report
    • Funders like to hear how things are going during the course of the project
  • Summative: takes place after project
  • Logic modeling
    • Turns your vision into specific, measurable goals
    • Must include Resources (aka Inputs), Activities, Short-Term Outputs, Long-Term Outcomes
    • Should have evaluation questions for EACH activity, including any necessary staff training
      • Make it measurable
      • “hard” data isn’t necessarily any more important than “soft” data; it just needs to answer the questions
      • Have a data collection tool for each evaluation measure
  • Evaluation tools
    • Surveys
      • Remember not to read too much into answers; respondents will answer only the question you give them
  • General tips
    • Take advantage of captive audiences by giving them short surveys
    • Collect data to answer the most important questions you’re interested in
    • Don’t need to report every detail of every finding, but do need to create statistics for each question
    • Make sure to represent data accurately, e.g., “On average, respondents felt…”
    • Share analysis with colleagues right away
      • Did you miss anything important?
      • Did you make any mistakes?
      • Share accomplishments!
    • Can get funders’ thoughts on proposal if study will be on controversial subject before submitting grant

Presenter slides

Grant-writing resources

Logic Model

Evaluation Planning Matrix


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan Kistler  |  March 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I noticed that in the resource list, the link for the User Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation doesn’t have a link. It is available for free online from the National Science Foundation at:

    Happy reading!

    • 2. bluestockinglibrarian  |  March 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks for catching this, Susan!


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