Public libraries face a pressing need to evaluate their offerings and use the resulting evidence to inform internal decision-making. The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) has trained nearly 1,370 library staff nationwide on introductory evaluation. Califa Group - in partnership with the Colorado State LibraryState Library of North CarolinaRebecca Teasdale & Associates, LLC and LH Evaluation & Training Group - will build off RIPL's success by developing and piloting a nine-month cohort-based peer learning process to further advance evaluation skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Each cohort will evaluate a library program or service and produce empirical evidence to support internal decision-making. At least 30 public library staff members, representing 15 public libraries in three states, will complete the cohort experience. The project will also produce a library of at least 20 coaching videos that will be available for free on the project website, Infopeople platform, and the RIPL Community of Practice.

Read the full proposal on the IMLS website.