Webinar Tomorrow: Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs

TechSoup is facilitating a free webinar this Thursday on evaluating digital literacy projects. Libraries have been offering technology training in some form for many years, but it is often still a struggle to figure out how to evaluate this type of service. Whether you received BTOP funding, state library funds, or local funding, it is necessary to be able to track and communicate the effects this important work has on our communities.

WHAT: Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs
WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 11 am PST
REGISTER: http://techsoupforlibraries.org/events/evaluating-digital-literacy-programs 

In this free webinar, Linda Hofschire, Research Analyst at the Colorado State Library and a BTOP grant recipient, will discuss the systems they use to track their impact, what they report, other indicators they track, and how this data will benefit their libraries beyond the grant period. Erick Ruiz will share his expertise which includes over over 17 years of experience in Credit Unions, the not-for-profit sector of the Financial Services Industry. He currently helps organizations with instructional design, new hire orientation, and ROI measurement of training programs. He has a M.A. in Communications and Leadership, a M.C. in ROI Methodology, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Training & Performance Improvement. Kami Griffiths brings hands-on expertise to her work at Community Technology Network, where she is the Executive Director of this nonprofit that advocates for digital inclusion by providing training, mentorship, networking, and volunteers to underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We will also provide a broad overview of evaluation fundamentals and highlight some reporting tools. This webinar is specifically developed for anyone currently managing a computer center, librarians involved in computer-related programs, those who support digital literacy programs, or BTOP grant recipients. You will leave with an understanding of how to track the impact of your public access computers and computer training programs.

Hope to see you there!