Evaluation

Evaluation

Evaluation is essential for determining the effectiveness of your program, its impact and whether your original goals have been met.

Not all participants will attend every session, but it can be valuable to hear from every participant as the series progresses. By distributing evaluation forms at each discussion session, you will be able to respond to any problems, address questions, and make any adjustments in format that may be necessary.

Consider in advance how you will judge the quality and effectiveness of your reading and discussion series. By number of participants? By their evaluations? By whether your original goals were met? By the comments of the scholar? By requests for future reading and discussion programs? Most project directors will evaluate the series by weighing each of these and other factors.

Valuable sources for feedback include:

  • participants
  • scholars
  • community partner organizations
  • project director
  • planning committee
  • library staff
  • sponsors and funders
  • library patrons

Think of evaluation not only as a way to gauge the level of effectiveness of this program, but also as a tool to plan future programs. Download sample scholar and participant evaluation forms in Word document format.

Reporting

An online final report about your Let’s Talk About It series must be submitted within 60 days following the completion of the last program, or by September 30, 2014 (whichever comes first).

To access the online final report, visit the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys application site, and log on using the email address and password used to submit your original application. If you have forgotten your password, you may use the password reset option on the login page.

The following questions are included in the online final report. Please note that you may log in to the report at any time to begin working on your responses, save your changes, and return at a later time to continue working on or submit the report.

Reading & Discussion Program Log
(state humanities councils will see two tables, one for each program location)

Program/Event Date Location Book Discussed Scholar/Speaker Projected vs. Actual Attendance
         
         
         

Supplemental Program Log
(includes an option to add rows)

Program/Event Date Location Program Title and Description Scholar/Speaker Attendance
         
         
         

The following questions should be answered in narrative format (600 words or less). NEH and ALA ask that state humanities councils representatives collect answers to these questions from the two organizations that hosted the LTAI series, and share them below.

  • Describe any related programming conducted at your library, in support of the Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys initiative.
  • Describe how your actual programs compared to original program plans (roles of partners, anticipated vs. actual attendance, etc.).
  • Describe your library’s promotional campaign for the LTAI: Muslim Journeys series, as well as the publicity received.
  • Report on the library’s progress toward goals listed in your original proposal.
  • What are your library’s plans for continued cultural programming (upcoming events, pending funding proposals, library support, partnerships, etc.)?
  • Do you plan to apply for another LTAI grant from the ALA Public Programs Office, and/or to conduct LTAI programming with support from another source? Please tell us why or why not, and describe your plans.
  • If there is anything else you would like to tell us about your experience conducting this LTAI series, please use the space below.

The following items must be provided via file upload:

  • Completed scholar(s) evaluation.
  • Summary or samples of participant evaluations.
  • Samples of library promotional materials and/or press coverage.