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LSTA Grants: Evaluation

All the information you need to apply for and manage an LSTA grant.

Evaluating Literacy Programs

If you are using grant funds to provide instructional programs for the public, IMLS requires you to ask participants age 18+ the following survey questions:

  1. I learned something by participating in this library activity.
  2. I am confident about using what I have learned.
  3. I am likely to apply what I have learned.
  4. I am more likely to participate in a similar library activity.
  5. I am more likely to use other library services and resources.

Participants should select whether they Strongly Agree, Agree, Neither Agree nor Disagree, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree with each of those statements. You do not need to ask these questions to participants who are age 17 and younger.

These questions are similar to the Lifelong Learning survey questions in Project Outcome. You can also request comments from participants and ask them additional questions for your own use.

Include this evaluation method in your grant application, and be sure to follow through with it once your project begins.

Evaluating Planning Efforts

If you are using grant funds to develop a strategic plan or long-range master plan, IMLS requires you to ask library employees the following survey questions:

  1. I believe the planning and evaluation addresses library needs.
  2. I am satisfied with the extent to which the plan or evaluation addresses library needs.
  3. The information from the plan or evaluation will be applied to address library needs.

Library employees should select whether they Strongly Agree, Agree, Neither Agree nor Disagree, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree with each of those statements.

Include this evaluation method in your grant application, and be sure to follow through with it once your project begins.

LSTA Coordinator

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Christine Gauvreau
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Middletown, CT 06457
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LSTA and IMLS

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. The use of LSTA funds in Connecticut is administered according to the Five-Year Plan (2018-2022) submitted to IMLS in June 2017.

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