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Data Party for Public Librarians

Posted by on May 6th, 2016 0 comments

Last week, I threw my first data party. I served descriptive statistics and graphs; my co-hosts brought chocolate. I first learned about data parties from evaluation consultant Kylie Hutchinson’s presentation It’s A Data Party that she gave at the 2016 American Evaluation Association Conference. Also known as data briefings or sense-making sessions, data parties actively… Read More »

Posted in: Data Analysis, NEO Projects, News, Practical Evaluation, Qualitative Methods



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Dashboards for Your Library? Here Are Some Examples

Posted by on December 18th, 2015 0 comments

Last week’s blog post was about using Excel to make data dashboards. As Cindy pointed out a dashboard is “a reporting format that allows stakeholders to view and interact with program or organizational data, exploring their own questions and interests.” What can that mean for your library? What does a library data dashboard look like?… Read More »

Posted in: Data Analysis, Data Visualization, News



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Measuring What Matters in Your Social Media Strategy

Posted by on December 3rd, 2015 0 comments

We’re all trying to find ways to improve evaluation of our social media efforts. It’s fun to count the number of retweets, and the number of ‘likes’ warms our hearts.  But there’s a nagging concern to evaluators – are these numbers meaningful? Your intrepid OERC Team, Cindy and Karen, attended a program at the American… Read More »

Posted in: Data Analysis, News



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Data Party Like it’s 2099! How to Throw a Data Party

Posted by on November 20th, 2015 0 comments

What’s a “data party?” We attended a program by evaluator Kylie Hutchinson entitled “It’s a Data Party!” at the AEA 2015 conference last week in Chicago.  A data party is another name for a kind of participatory data analysis, where you gather stakeholders together, show them some of the data that you have gathered and… Read More »

Posted in: Data Analysis, News, Practical Evaluation



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Soup Up Your Annual Reports with Calculator Soup

Posted by on August 14th, 2015 0 comments

Summer is annual report time for our organization. Sometimes when I’m putting together my bulleted list of accomplishments for those reports, I feel as though our major wins get lost in the narrative. So I recently turned to an online calculator to help me create better metrics to talk about our center’s annual wins. One… Read More »

Posted in: Data Analysis, NEO Projects

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