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Draft Literature Review: Public Library Roles in Workforce and Business Development

The first phase of the Measures that Matter Workforce Development Pilot Evaluation project is to conduct a literature review to ground the research team in the library field and inform subsequent steps of the effort.  The literature review was completed as an internal document to inform the research, and is now being shared to inform field learning. Lead researchers for the project Mt. Auburn Associates reviewed literature relevant to the following three areas: 

  • a synthesis of the literature on public library roles in workforce development and business development, including what research has been done to date and what are the key learnings from the field;
  • a review of libraries’ existing outcome and measurement processes, including national and voluntary outcome initiatives; and
  • a review of current efforts to measure outcomes in the workforce development field, including the development of common measures and efforts to expand cross-program data alignment.

Together, these components will inform the research framework, data collection plans, and analysis lens of the pilot evaluation project. 

For more information, contact [email protected]

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services RE-00-16-0181-16.

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  • 19 May 2021
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