We are looking carefully at our SRP survey data to do a variety of things – inform programmatic design, understand community reach, and contribute to reporting to a program funder. Fortunately, the learning focus works for us and aligns with the library/funder’s logic model.
Staff still ponder the impact of SRP as only one of many potential interventions in the lives of readers during the summer. So, sifting through the results has helped staff consider more carefully responses to the additional questions as well as the baseline questions and the comments.
What we do have is data – for the first time – to help us understand the difference the programs are making in our community. The next step for us is increased cross-agency collaboration (parks/rec, etc.) in deepening program opportunities. We knew the kids were having fun at the programs we offered. What we didn’t know was if they were reading more as a result of participating, if they were more prepared to return to school, etc. As I tell staff regularly, just because someone borrows a book doesn’t mean they read it.
The SRP surveys, as well as the others, help us understand patron engagement with the programs in ways we couldn’t before. One change from the data is that we will engage SRP participants differently in the surveys throughout the summer, not just at the end of the program. We will see what we learn from that. Still a work in progress!