Learning from Examples

Learning from Examples: Where to find program ideas

If you haven’t come into the Shaping Outcomes course with a particular project for your institution in mind, you may find it useful to look at some likely models and THEN check your work with the Tips and Characteristics resources.

Here’s a list of suggestions on where to find likely projects that fit your institution and your interests:

1. Go to the Shaping Outcomes website at http://shapingoutcomes.org/course and click on Module A. Then click on the tab in the upper part of the screen. You will see a short description of sample cases, giving the type of institution and purpose of the project. Click on any case that interests you and read through at least the overview for possible projects to modify or replicate.

2. Look at projects that have been awarded grants by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) by going to their website at http://www.imls.gov . In the upper right-hand corner of that website you’ll see a place to search for current grant applications as well as an archive of successful grant proposals. See what’s been funded in institutions like yours. Remember, you can often get advice from successful grantees, so note the contact info of any promising institutions or helpful sounding neighbors of yours.

3. Every state in the U.S. gets grant funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), so be sure to look up grant possibilities made available through your State Library: go to http://www.google.com and type in your state’s name plus “state library” and hit the “enter” key. Many of these sites post information at least summarizing successful grants.

Note: these websites will help everyone think of possible projects, but only US libraries and museums are eligible to apply.

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