In addition to using outcome surveys to demonstrate impact of our programs for youth, we are considering a kind of logic model that ties our programs to educational elements proven to help prepare children for school. It’s one that will be familiar to many of you. The syllogism goes like this:
- Research shows that when these 6 skills are taught to young children, they are better prepared to enter elementary school.
- We teach these skills in every one of our storytimes.
- Therefore, young children who attend our storytimes are better prepared to enter elementary school.
I’m interested to hear feedback on the anticipated effectiveness of using such a model for demonstrating outcomes, in particular from any libraries that have used this approach.
(Note: We have a similar approach for demonstrating effectiveness of school-age programs, using “APAS” [After School Program Assessment System].)