Best Practices Chart: Examples illustrating
the use of a Complete OBE Package, including
a logic model
Best Practices in New York State
Criteria for Selection: LSTA and Gates grant applications
and reports were reviewed by an expert consultant to identify OBE best
practices. Projects that met some or all of the following
criteria were selected:
Using the Best Practices Site: A “Best Practices
Chart” shows examples grouped by categories, library or system
sponsor, program title, and contact information. Clicking on the
program title links to program excerpts and expert commentary about 1)
reasons for selection and 2) potential
for improvement. Several of the
projects selected did not follow all the principles of OBE, but contained
elements that have potential for predicting and capturing program impact
so they are included with commentary about what changes would yield impact
- Outcomes were expressed in terms of changed knowledge, skills, attitudes
and behaviors of library staff and library patrons. Training projects
that could demonstrate that individuals trained use the training for
a predictable purpose of value to them or to library patrons were preferred.
Projects that were aimed entirely at changes in awareness and/or confidence
were not selected.
- Impact on staff/patrons was predicted and measurable from the beginning
of the project.
- Results were qualitative (focused on user results) not entirely quantitative
- Methods for determining program impact were creative.
- Program targets were clear and realistic.
- Reports clearly identified results related to predicted outcomes.
Examples illustrating the use of a Complete OBE Package, including
a logic model
Examples illustrating Measurements
Examples illustrating Qualitative Results
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June 3, 2009