Prep for the fall semester with two assessment courses at METRO


As we gear up for the fall semester, METRO is hosting two assessment-related workshops. If you missed "Dealing with Qualitative Data" and "The Interview as An Assessment and Research Tool" in early June, signing up for the either of the following sessions (and emailing events@metro.org to place a request) will get you access to presentation slides.
 
 
Facilitating Focus Groups: Best Practices for Gathering Data Through Group Conversation
Monday, August 1, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
with Julia Marden
 
Focus groups are a great research tool for gathering feedback on new products or programs and better understanding your library’s community. By learning to facilitate or moderate a focus group discussion, you can uncover multiple perspectives or find out what people have in common within a cohort.
 
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the context in which focus groups will add a helpful dimension to data collection
  • Generate a set of useful questions for use in the focus group setting
  • Foster a congenail atmosphere in which participants are comfortable contributing
  • Utilize collected data to build hypotheses around a set of research questions
Fees for this workshop are $30 for members and $60 for non-members. RSVP at http://metro.org/events/777/.
 
 
Survey Design and Analysis: Building Surveys for Optimal Feedback
Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
with Nisa Bakkalbasi
 
This one-day workshop is back by popular demand! This class will provide an overview of basic elements of survey design, and demonstrate survey data analysis, using Excel. Data sets will be provided for your use during class.
 
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
  • Understand the elements of survey process
  • Write effective survey items, using different types of survey questions
  • Understand measurement error in survey questions, including variance and bias
  • Evaluate survey content
  • Apply Excel functions to calculate descriptive statistics
  • Create cross tabulation using Pivot Tables
  • Understand how data is evaluated and interpreted into meaningful and significant conclusions that can be used
This workshop is designed to be a beginner level course for those who are interested in participating assessment activities in libraries and information centers. Fees for this workshop are $75 for members and $150 for non-members. RSVP at http://metro.org/events/758/.
 
Student discounts are available by request. Simply email us at events@metro.org.