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Aug

14

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Using Charts for Analysis: a Blog Post Fail

Posted by on August 14th, 2017 0 comments

When I volunteered to write this blog post, it was going to be about how a small increase in your social media presence could result in a large increase in website traffic. Instead, it’s a lesson of how charts can be great tools for analyzing data, and how you should always keep an open mind… Read More »

Posted in: Data Analysis, Data Visualization

Jun

09

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The Cookie Exercise: Setting Criteria

Posted by on June 9th, 2017 1 comment

What do Oreo cookies have to do with evaluation? In program evaluation, we want to know the extent to which a program is successful.  If we’re evaluating an activity we’re doing at our job, we might be trying to figure out if more money should be put towards future iterations of that activity or if it… Read More »

Posted in: Blog, Data Analysis, Practical Evaluation

May

06

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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

Dec

18

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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

Dec

03

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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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