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Evaluation of the Monroe County Public Library’s Learn and Play Space. By Indiana University Consulting Group: Gary Arave , Megan Harris, Ryan Hinshaw , Kipp Rice. Introduction. Agenda. Introduction. Process. Data Collection Methods. Evaluation Question Results. Caregiver Feedback.

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evaluation of the monroe county public library s learn and play space

Evaluation of the Monroe County Public Library’s Learn and Play Space

By Indiana University Consulting Group:

Gary Arave, Megan Harris, Ryan Hinshaw, Kipp Rice

slide2
Introduction

Agenda

Introduction

Process

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Questions

How and to what extent is the LAPS being utilized?

To what extent are caregivers and children satisfied with the facilities?

To what extent do interactions linked to early childhood literacy development occur?

Evaluation Recommendations

slide3
Process

Agenda

Introduction

Process

Start Process

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

slide4
Data Collection Methods

Agenda

Introduction

Literature Reviews

  • 14 articles
  • Early childhood literacy, development and activity spaces

Process

Data Collection Methods

Semi-Structured Interviews

  • Four interviews
  • Two interviewers present

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Observations

  • 12.75 hours of observation
  • 342 interactions recorded
  • One observer present

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

Surveys

  • Paper-based and online questionnaires
  • 34 paper responses, 10 online
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Results: Demographics

Agenda

Introduction

Who is using the space?

Process

  • Average reported age of children was 3.5
  • 72% of children were between the ages of 1 and 4

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver Ages

Child Ages

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Results: Demographics (cont)

Agenda

Introduction

Who is using the space?

Process

  • 81% of respondents were female
  • 55% reported bringing 1 child
  • 39% reported bringing 2 children

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Results: Usage

Agenda

Introduction

How and to what extentis LAPS being utilized?

Process

  • General Usage
  • About 20 people per hour, on average
  • 60% use the space at least 3 times per month
  • 30% report visiting 5 or more times per month
  • 45% report the LAPS as being their primary reason for visiting the library

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

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Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Caregiver Satisfaction

Agenda

Introduction

To what extent are caregivers and children satisfied with the facilities?

Process

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Caregiver Satisfaction (cont.)

Agenda

Introduction

  • Supervisor Roles
  • 39% unsure if difference is noticeable when supervisor present
  • Only one supervisor to child interaction observed (out of 342)
  • Comments indicate lack of awareness of staff member presence

Process

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Perceived Difference when Staff is Present

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Caregiver Satisfaction (cont.)

Agenda

Introduction

  • Signs
  • 62% felt signs were helpful and informative
  • 32% felt neutral about the signs
  • 5% disagreed that the signs were helpful and informative
  • 2 respondents never noticed signs (out of 44)

Process

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Caregiver Recommendations

Agenda

Introduction

  • Infant Area
  • Caregivers report frustration in regards to older children and infant area
    • “Magnet for non-babies”
    • “Babies seem to use it less often”
  • Hard to keep older siblings and other children out
  • Caregivers do not enforce signage in area

Process

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

  • Writing Area
      • Several respondents commented that the markers were often out of ink and that sometimes the area was short on supplies.
        • “I know it is difficult, but please make sure pencils are sharpened and the markers are working”

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Books

At least three people commented that the books seemed mostly geared toward very young children (two specifically referred to them as 'baby books') and that more books for older preschoolers would be appreciated

Evaluation Recommendations

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Results: Early Literacy Support

Agenda

Introduction

To what extent do interactions linked to early literacy development occur?

Process

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Results: Early Literacy Support

Agenda

Introduction

What is the tone of the interactions?

Process

Data Collection Methods

Classification of Interactions

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Recommendations

Agenda

Introduction

Reprogram the infant area

Increase toddler appropriate books and activities

Assess supervisor roles and responsibilities

Increase patron awareness of signs within LAPS

Process

Data Collection Methods

Evaluation Question Results

Caregiver

Feedback

Early Childhood Literacy Results

Evaluation Recommendations

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Questions

Agenda

Introduction

Process

Data Collection

Results: Ages

Results: Usage

Results: Satisfaction

Satisfaction (cont.)

Results: Linkage

Recommendations

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