The Institute of Museum and Library Service’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) supports the agency in its efforts to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. OPRE is organized to execute three key functions: policy research, program evaluation and data collection.
The office is currently managing three evaluations of IMLS programs, the Grants to States Program, Museums for America Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. In addition the office is overseeing four national data collection efforts: the Public Libraries in the United States Survey, State Library Agency Survey, the Museums Count collections and a national household survey to gauge the use of museums and library services among the American public.
OPRE’s functions are detailed in Section 9108 of the general provisions of the IMLS’ authoring legislation, which states that the policy research, analysis, and data collection shall be conducted in ongoing collaboration (as determined appropriate by the Director), and in consultation, with – (1) State library administrative agencies; (2) national, State, and regional library and museum organizations; (3) other relevant agencies and organizations.
The legislation further states that the policy research, analysis, and data collection shall be used to – (1) identify national needs for and trends in museum, library, and information services; (2) measure and reports on the impact and effectiveness of museum, library, and information services throughout the United States, including the impact of Federal programs authorized under this Act; (3) identify best practices; and (4) develop plans to improve museum, library and information services of the United States and to strengthen national, State, local, regional, and international communications and cooperative networks.
March 11, 2015 03:11 PM
Federal agencies, like the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts, are making cultural heritage data readily available as a part of open data and open government initiatives.
March 10, 2015 03:21 PM
In what we called an Open Data Open House, a cohort of data wonks, librarians, curators, researchers and developers shared ideas on the new IMLS data catalog and ways to use this data.
February 19, 2015 11:25 AM
The principles of open government are critical to the mission of IMLS. Today’s launch of data.imls.gov will help unlock the power of government data to spur research and innovation.
December 29, 2014 12:21 PM
The newly released file incorporates feedback from the field and further refinements.
December 5, 2014 02:29 PM
The 28th Annual American Evaluation Association conference covered a range of issues, from statistical methods to processes for making evaluation research more useful for program staff and policymakers.