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Outcomes-Based Summer Reading: Project Checklist
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Outcomes Checklist


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  • Go through CLA’s website to ensure you know what resources are available to you. Use this checklist to guide you through the process and keep you on track.
  • Let us know you’re taking part so that we can support you as you present your outcomes-based summer reading programs.
  • Decide as early as possible which libraries will participate in the project.
  • Nominate one person to coordinate your library’s outcomes-based summer reading program and to report back to CLA
  • Decide whether your outcomes-based summer reading project manager needs a summer reading outcomes committee to work with, and form the committee if necessary.
  • Develop and disseminate a clear timeline for all participating staff and volunteers.
  • Make staff aware of the outcomes and the outcomes-based approach as soon as you begin planning for the summer so that programs are designed with the outcomes in mind.
  • Use CLA’s website to provide staff with:
  • Talk with staff about the value of an outcomes approach to summer reading:
    • The need to be more accountable to funders and decision-makers.
    • The need to be more intentional about services and programming, not just doing what we’ve always done.
    • The value of getting feedback from our customers about what works and what doesn’t.
    • The potential political benefits.

Two weeks before the start of the summer reading program

  • Contact staff to ensure they are comfortable with the outcomes-based process:

From the beginning of your summer reading program

From the middle of your summer reading program

Following the summer reading program

  • Collect and collate your data.
  • Report your data to CLA.
  • Provide feedback to CLA so that we can improve the California Summer Reading Outcomes Initiative.
  • Follow up with staff to let them know the results of the summer’s efforts and hold a debriefing to identify lessons learned that can be applied in future years. Think about the following questions:
    • What worked? What was difficult? What could be changed to make this better next summer?
    • Ask staff to think about what they learnt about the impact of the summer reading program on the patrons who participated in it. How might they change the program to increase the likelihood that the desired positive outcomes would be achieved?
  • Use your results to promote the library and obtain funding to support programs in the future.