Methods

Once you are clear on what you wish to measure and why, choose from these methods and tools: 

  • Benchmarking: comparing performance between (or against) other similar organisations to help identify best practices
  • Cost effectivenessevidence of economic impact or value for money
  • Effectivenesswhether something works (does what it is supposed to do) or meets its objectives
  •  Impactthe difference or change in an individual or group resulting from the contact with library and knowledge services
  •  Most significant change methodology: the generation and collection of a range of significant change impact stories.  The most significant being selected for use. 
  •  Performance measurement and quality assurance 
  •  Return on investment: an economic evaluation that seeks to justify investment made (in a library and knowledge service) in terms of the gains or losses (to the organisation) that might be attributed to the investment 
  •  User satisfaction: helps assess whether the LKS meets required service standards, or the expectations that users have for it
  •  ValueThe importance that stakeholders (funding institutions, politicians, the public, users, staff) attach to the LKS and which is related to the perception of actual or potential benefit. 

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