Results-Based Planning and Evaluation for Youth Services

CHICAGO — Results-Based Planning and Evaluation (OBPE), with its simple approach based on a flexible framework, is the perfect model to enable youth service professionals to deliver effective services regardless of the uncertainties. A results-based approach can help youth services stay grounded in delivering desired results with and for youth through responsive programs, services and processes that can adapt to changing conditions. Clarifying the relationship between planning, program development and evaluation, “Five steps to results-based planning and evaluation for youth servicespublished by ALA Editions, will help youth services staff conduct robust community assessments and integrate OBPE into their work. From this book, by Melissa Gross, Cindy Mediavilla and Virginia A. Walter, readers will learn:

  • a brief history of the OBPE and its development;
  • why it is crucial to involve young people at all stages of program development, with advice on overcoming challenges;
  • how to view planning as the need to respond quickly, whether due to natural or man-made disasters, demographic changes or economic fluctuations;
  • the five steps of OBPE, from gathering information about your community and determining the outcomes that will serve your community, to developing specific outcome statements, developing an evaluation plan, and maximizing the results of successful results-based programs;
  • how to visualize the steps needed to successfully plan, implement and evaluate a results-based program, using the model included in the book;
  • ways to share your data to inform people of the library’s important role in the community; and
  • helpful additional tools to support your work, including environmental scan forms and ideas for creating relevant family histories.

The authors previously co-wrote the best-selling guide “Five Steps to Results-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries.” Gross is a professor in the School of Information at Florida State University and past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She received the prestigious American Association of University Women Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars in 2001 and the ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education in 2019. Mediavilla is a recently retired author and library consultant from California. State Library as well as UCLA’s Department of Information Studies. She is also a former public librarian. His other books include “Libraries and gardens: growing together“, co-authored with Carrie Banks. Walter is a past president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and a former public librarian and professor of information studies at UCLA. His many publishing credits include “Young Activists and the Public Library: Facilitating Democracy.”

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