Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blue Pill or Red Pill?

For my final assignment I have chosen to go with Option B…

Option B
Write a 9-12 page programming plan using the CATE OBPE model.
Identify your sources of initial information (i.e Libraryʼs strategic plan, literature review)
and summarize the reasons and capacity for the program.
Identify necessary information gathering (i.e surveys) and what specific information you
will be gathering.
Identify the intended outcomes of the program
Outline the program/service
Outline the plan for evaluation

At this point I believe I need to figure out what exactly I am being asked…and how I will go about putting this together…

I already know I will be focusing on a local library and have a pretty good idea of what type of programming I hope to introduce…improve…

Q: What is the CATE OBPE model exactly??
A: Project CATE was developed with the collaboration of the Florida State University of Information and the St. Louis Public Library. Its major participants were Eliza T. Dresang and Melissa Gross from FSU and Leslie Edmunds Holt from SLPL.

The acronym CATE OBPE stands for Children's Access to and Use of Technology Evaluation through Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation... It can be applied to many subjects… specifically youth services.

For youth services librarians, using this helps to better serve youth in the community. Using this method helps in not only evaluating current library programs, but can also be used in the creation of new ones.

"In addition to increasing the knowledge of youth services staff, OBPE does the following:

·       Helps staff "work smart" by providing a system to measure success and specific information to use to adapt or change programs and services.
·       Strengthens library planning and budget allocation.
·       Allows a library staff to understand and describe the impact of its program and services on its users by enabling communication among youth services staff between library departments, including administration, and by enhancing communication with the community, donors, and program partners.
·       Provides accountability for public agencies, including libraries. OBPE is required by the federal government and will be increasingly required by agencies using state and local funds; it is required by some private donors as well.
·       Enhances the career paths of individual youth services staff members by adding to their professional skills." (Dresang, Gross, & Holt, 2006, p. 15)

Project CATE Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation Model

  (Dresang, Gross, & Holt, 2006, p. 27)

The four phases:

  • Phase I: Gathering Information
  • Phase II: Determining Outcomes
  • Phase III: Developing Programs and Services
  • Phase IV: Conducting Evaluations


Dresang, E. T., Gross, M., & Holt, L. E. (2006). Dynamic Youth Services Through Outcome-based Planning And Evaluation. Chicago: American Library Association.


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