Data: What makes sense to use?
Your common sense and knowledge of the situation will suggest what data to use. The kinds of data sources explained give the most common types. Remember that OBPE programs do not require formal research; although some programs may wish to get a consultant involved in evaluation. (References to further information can be found by clicking the Resources link on the left.)
No kind of data source is better than another. The data source chosen should depend on what is being evaluated.
Click on each measure to see if it would be useful.
To indicate that children are developing a habit of reading: # and % of Springfield students in the summer library reading program who spend at least an hour per day for independent reading for fun.
To indicate that West Dakota residents use public library databases as a preferred source of information: # and % of WD residents who say that they are likely or very likely to use the public library databases as one of their first 3 sources of health information.
To indicate that Girl Scouts learn bird-identification skills: # and % of Girl Scouts who correctly identify five birds common to the area on a field trip.
To indicate 4th-8th grade teacher-participants who demonstrate ability to teach biodiversity with inquiry-based methods: # and % of teachers who implement completed science curriculum unit in the classroom. (See Peabody Museum case.)