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Knowledge without boundaries. Linking Impact Evaluation to Local and National Policies to Sustain Innovation Ramune Petuchovaite PLIP Manager www.eifl.net.

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1 Knowledge without boundaries

2 Linking Impact Evaluation to Local and National Policies to Sustain Innovation Ramune Petuchovaite PLIP Manager www.eifl.net

3 What is impact evaluation? changeImpact is about change To peoples livesTo peoples lives To perceptions, attitudes, opinions, behaviourTo perceptions, attitudes, opinions, behaviour We look at the resultWe look at the result of using library services, the influence the use had, and its significance to the user

4 From telling WHAT libraries provide, to proving HOW libraries change the lives of individuals and the community

5 Why do we want to do this? informsimproves confirmsEvaluation is the gathering of meaningful data that informs, improves, or confirms. It is a tool for: Library management decisions Accountability for your resources Library advocacy

6 Linking impact and advocacy to policies Evidence of impact is more convincing to stakeholders than library statistics alone Advocacy needs robust data and well documented stories in order to be credible and trustworthy Evidence of impact helps sustain momentum, funding, and political support, when well communicated (targeted advocacy) and linked to local or national policies

7 Example: Libraries for innovation (Lithuania) Activities & resources (2011) # collections – 18.780.297 # registered users - 695.714 # visits – 11.188.031 # books lent – 20.343.640 # public access computers (PAC) – 6.185 Impact of PAC 30% of PAC users in libraries have no alternative access In 2011 skills of senior citizens and disabled PAC users strengthened, if compared with 2008 95% of the unemployed and 79% of users with disabilities use the internet in library for activities related to work and/or commerce.

8 Example: Agro-Lib project (Serbia) […] I learned a lot about bees and honey production. […] I came to important information about buying apples. […] I have never had better garlic. I sell baskets for breeding bees through the site AgroLib market. I am satisfied because beekeepers find me on the Internet and the sale is much better

9 How it all hangs together… Community needs Government policies ICT tools and resources Innovative service Impact evaluation Partners Sustainability Social and economic change Advocacy activities

10 Thank you!


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