Begin With A Strong Foundation: Developing A Data Plan

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When embarking on data-informed work, it can be easy to jump straight to data collection, such as administering a survey to determine the effectiveness of a program or pulling a few years of ILS data to analyze eBook circulation trends. However, what if you began by taking a step back and developing a data plan that incorporates the purposes for and context of your work? In this session, you will learn how to develop a data plan by:

  • Determining your priorities
  • Considering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) implications
  • Defining success
  • Incorporating stakeholders’ viewpoints

You will leave this session with a greater recognition of the benefits of planning for data-informed work as well as practical tips for developing a data plan.

This session is part of the Twelve Months to Better Library Data Webinar Series, made possible by funding from the Mellon Foundation.