Prep for the fall semester with two assessment workshops at METRO

As we gear up for the fall semester, METRO is hosting two assessment-related workshops next week:

Facilitating Focus Groups: Best Practices for Gathering Data Through Group Conversation
Monday, August 1, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
with Julia Marden

Focus groups are a great research tool for gathering feedback on new products or programs and better understanding your librarya��s community. By learning to facilitate or moderate a focus group discussion, you can uncover multiple perspectives or find out what people have in common within a cohort.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Understand the context in which focus groups will add a helpful dimension to data collection
Generate a set of useful questions for use in the focus group setting
Foster a congenail atmosphere in which participants are comfortable contributing
Utilize collected data to build hypotheses around a set of research questions
Fees for this workshop are $30 for members and $60 for non-members. RSVP at

Survey Design and Analysis: Building Surveys for Optimal Feedback
Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
with Nisa Bakkalbasi

This one-day workshop is back by popular demand! This class will provide an overview of basic elements of survey design, and demonstrate survey data analysis, using Excel. Data sets will be provided for your use during class.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the elements of survey process
  • Write effective survey items, using different types of survey questions
  • Understand measurement error in survey questions, including variance and bias
  • Evaluate survey content
  • Apply Excel functions to calculate descriptive statistics
  • Create cross tabulation using Pivot Tables
  • Understand how data is evaluated and interpreted into meaningful and significant conclusions that can be used

This workshop is designed to be a beginner level course for those who are interested in participating assessment activities in libraries and information centers. Fees for this workshop are $75 for members and $150 for non-members. RSVP at

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