I have used the Summer Reading surveys and added questions to the surveys for adults, teens and kids. One of the questions was “Did you have fun?”, another was “Do you think summer reading is an important component of Teen Services?” I found these questions to be more important than “What did you learn” type questions.
As I prepare to begin Book Discussion group surveys (for kids, teens and adults) using the Education/Lifelong Learning survey, I am concerned about the focus on learning something new, using resources better, etc. We run discussion groups to encourage reading, communication with one another and for an opportunity to explore different genres of literature. We also do this to “have fun, relax and enjoy a community experience.”
I get why there is a strong focus on a “result” to connect with funders but we don’t always see “results” with all of our programs. Couldn’t we try to find a survey to talk about the result of making someone feel included or experiencing enjoyment; meeting new friends, becoming aware of community opportunities?